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September 6, 2020

Explore the Sunday Gospel


A Brother Who Sins

MT 18:15-20

Jesus said to his disciples: “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have won over your brother. If he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, so that 'every fact may be established on the testimony of two or three witnesses.' If he refuses to listen to them, tell the church. If he refuses to listen even to the church, then treat him as you would a Gentile or a tax collector. Amen, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again, amen, I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them."


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St. Teresa of Calcutta (Feast Day September 5)

AUGUST 26, 1910 – SEPTEMBER 5, 1997

Born to Albanian parents in what is now Skopje, Macedonia, Gonxha (Agnes) Bojaxhiu was the youngest of the three children who survived. At age 18, she entered the Loreto Sisters of Dublin. The following year, she was sent to the Loreto novitiate in Darjeeling, India. There, she chose the name Teresa and prepared for a life of service. She was assigned to a high school for girls in Calcutta, where she taught history and geography to the daughters of the wealthy. In 1946, while riding a train to Darjeeling to make a retreat, Sister Teresa heard what she later explained as “a call within a call.”She was to leave the convent and help the poor while living among them. She also heard a call to give up her life with the Sisters of Loreto and instead, to “follow Christ into the slums to serve him among the poorest of the poor.” Mother Teresa worked tirelessly on behalf of the poor. Her love knew no bounds nor did her energy, as she crisscrossed the globe pleading for support and inviting others to see the face of Jesus in the poorest of the poor. In 1979, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. On September 5, 1997, God called her home. Blessed Teresa was canonized by Pope Francis on September 4, 2016.


Take time to chat

  • What is Jesus saying to us in this Gospel about forgiveness?
  • Share a time when someone has sinned against you. How did you handle it?
  • Jesus says, "Where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am in the midst of them." When have you felt the presence of Jesus in a group of two, three, or more?


Recipe of the week

Indian Spiced Hummus

1 can (15-ounce) chickpeas
2 tablespoons tomato paste
¼ teaspoon turmeric
½ teaspoon garam masala
½ teaspoon cumin seeds
¼ teaspoon cayenne
1 teaspoon salt
2 cloves of garlic
1 teaspoon fresh ginger
¹/₃ cup + 1 tablespoon olive oil
Lemon juice + cilantro for the top

First, combine the spices (turmeric, garam masala, cumin seeds, and cayenne) in a small, dry pan and toast over medium heat for about 45 seconds until very fragrant. Remove from the heat.

In a food processor, combine the chickpeas (drained and rinsed from the can), tomato paste, toasted spices, salt, garlic, and ginger. Blend while slowly adding the olive oil. If your processor doesn't allow for adding oil while it is on, you can just add it in batches, scraping down the sides of the bowl in between.

Blend until very smooth. Top with a big squeeze of fresh lemon juice and about a tablespoon or a little less of chopped cilantro.

Serve alongside fresh cut veggies like cucumber or bell peppers, crackers, or naan.



Family Fun

Care for the Poor

Honor St. Teresa of Calcutta by caring for the poor. Get in touch with your local food pantry and ask them what their greatest needs are. Work together to raise money (maybe by returning bottles and cans or raking leaves for neighbors) to purchase much needed items for the pantry.


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

Prayer for a New School Year

God of wisdom and might, we praise you for the wonder of our being, for mind, body and spirit. Be with our children as they begin a new school year. Bless them and their teachers and staff. Give them strength and grace as their bodies grow; wisdom and knowledge to their minds as they search for understanding; and peace and zeal to their hearts. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

What action do we do with our hand before the Gospel is read? What does it mean?

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

"In this Most Blessed Sacrament we have the source of our zeal and strength to unleash the Gospel." (Marker 3.4)

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Fun Facts!

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Mother Teresa chose her religious name in honor of St. Therese of Lisieux and St. Teresa of Avila.