August 17, 2023 | Source & Summit
Fr. Stephen Van Lal Than

Fr. Corey D. Bruns, parochial vicar at St. Joseph Parish in Bowling Green, processes with the Blessed Sacrament in a monstrance during the parish’s June 18, 2023 Corpus Christi procession. RILEY GREIF | WKC

Source & Summit: The Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

(The faithful) taking part in the Eucharistic sacrifice, which is the source and summit of the whole Christian life, offer the Divine Victim to God, and themselves along with it.  The Second Vatican Council fathers in Lumen Gentium, #11

Source & Summit is a new feature of The Western Kentucky Catholic online, celebrating the National Eucharistic Revival: Year of The Parish. Intended to help Catholics of our parishes to probe the riches of our liturgical year and celebrate the liturgy well, the column will always start with the Bible readings for the Mass of the Day to help us reflect on, and help to “unpack” and expand our experiences at liturgy into the domestic church (the home) and the workplace. Sunday reflections will be based on the Lord’s Day, the Liturgy, the Eucharist, and, occasionally, community.


Sunday, August 20, 2023: 

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Isaiah 56: 1, 6—7

Psalm 67: 2—3, 5—6, 8

Romans 11:13—15, 29—32

Matthew 15:21—28


I cannot achieve contemplation, as some can; and so, having to face and forgive my own failures, I have learned from them both the necessity and wonder of ritual.  For ritual allows those who cannot will themselves out of the secular to perform the spiritual, as dancing allows the tongue-tied a ceremony of love.

-Andre Dubus

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