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September 13, 2020

Explore the Sunday Gospel


The Unforgiving Servant

MT 18:21-35

Peter approached Jesus and asked him, “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive? As many as seven times?” Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times. That is why the kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who decided to settle accounts with his servants. When he began the accounting, a debtor was brought before him who owed him a huge amount. Since he had no way of paying it back, his master ordered him to be sold, along with his wife, his children, and all his property, in payment of the debt. At that, the servant fell down, did him homage, and said, 'Be patient with me, and I will pay you back in full.' Moved with compassion the master of that servant let him go and forgave him the loan. When that servant had left, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a much smaller amount. He seized him and started to choke him, demanding, 'Pay back what you owe.' Falling to his knees, his fellow servant begged him, 'Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.' But he refused. Instead, he had the fellow servant put in prison until he paid back the debt. Now when his fellow servants saw what had happened, they were deeply disturbed, and went to their master and reported the whole affair. His master summoned him and said to him, 'You wicked servant! I forgave you your entire debt because you begged me to. Should you not have had pity on your fellow servant, as I had pity on you?' Then in anger his master handed him over to the torturers until he should pay back the whole debt. So will my heavenly Father do to you, unless each of you forgives your brother from your heart."


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St. Joseph of Cupertino (Feast Day September 18)

JUNE 17, 1603 – SEPTEMBER 18, 1663

Joseph of Cupertino is most famous for levitating while praying. As a child, Joseph showed a fondness for prayer. After a short career with the Capuchins, he joined the Conventual Franciscans and began his studies for the priesthood. Though studies were very difficult for him, Joseph gained a great deal of knowledge from prayer. He was ordained in 1628. Joseph’s tendency to levitate during prayer was sometimes a cross; people came to see this happen, much as they might have gone to a circus sideshow. Joseph’s gift led him to be humble, patient, and obedient, even though at times he was greatly tempted and felt forsaken by God. Joseph was canonized in 1767. In the investigation preceding the canonization, 70 incidents of levitation are recorded.


Take time to chat

• Why do you think the servant went after his debtor, even after he was forgiven?

• What did you learn about forgiveness in this story?

• Does today’s Gospel sound like what Jesus tells us in the Our Father?


Recipe of the week

Silver Dollar Pancakes

2 eggs
1 cup of milk
1 cup of apple sauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups self-rising flour
2-3 tablespoons of butter

In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, applesauce, and vanilla. Add the self-rising flour and whisk until combined. Pre-heat a griddle or frying pan and melt a small pad of butter to keep the pancakes from sticking. Using a ladle or large spoon, pour batter in small, 2-inch circles on to the hot griddle. Cook 1 to 2 minutes. When the top of the pancakes starts to bubble slightly, flip them over to cook on the other side, and cook 1 to 2 minutes or until golden brown on both sides. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until all the batter has been used. Add more butter to your griddle as needed.


• Replace apple sauce with smashed bananas for banana pancakes.

• Add fresh berries or chocolate chips to your pancakes by sprinkling them on top of your pancakes right after you pour the batter on the griddle.

• Serve your pancakes with a side of bacon or sausage, and top with whipped cream and maple syrup.


Family Fun

Visit an Apple Orchard

Visit an apple orchard or your local famer’s market to pick up some delicious Michigan apples. Enjoy a hayride or an outdoor stroll and appreciate the beauty of God’s creation!


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

Family Examen

St. Ignatius Loyola's Examen is an opportunity for peaceful daily reflective prayer. It invites us to find the movement of God in all the people and events of our day. The Examen is simply a set of introspective prompts. The prayer below is adapted for families. Lead your family in this Examen prayer:

Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

Find the Confessional at your church. Which sacrament is celebrated in the Confessional?

1. For what time or event today are you most grateful (thankful/happy)?
(Initially, you may have to name a few things in a young child’s day to help them catch on to the practice for #1 and #2.)

2: For which moment are you least grateful?

3. How did you show love today?
(For very young children, you may ask additional questions as your family begins this spiritual practice. Ex.: Who did you share with today? Who did you help today?It won’t be long before they understand the question and can reflect and respond without your assistance.)

4. What was one time your actions or behavior were negative or you withheld showing kindness?
(Again, for young children you might ask: Was there a time you did not share today?Was there a time you said a hurtful word or did not help?)

5. Briefly give thanks for this time of reflection and sharing. Thank God for teaching each of you to be more loving.

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

"There can be no relationship with Jesus that does not include his Church." (Marker 3.1)

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When you go to confession, the priest is bound to secrecy! He cannot share anything said in confession to anyone. “He can make no use of knowledge that confession gives him about penitents’ lives,” the Catechism says. (CCC 1467)