Welcome to the Website of Holy Name of Jesus Parish, Harrisburg,
PA. We are a Roman Catholic Parish in the Diocese of Harrisburg.
We were founded in 1960.
Please join our parish family in worship as we give glory to God
and pray for one another.
Pray that the Holy Spirit will guide each one of us that we may
be His instruments and channels of His grace to build His
kingdom in our part of the community. Please browse through our
site and learn more about our parish.
We invite you and welcome you, in the Holy Name of Jesus.
Very Rev. Edward J.
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TWENTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
August 20, 2017
Prayer is an essential part of our Christian life, and the
essential part of prayer is that of adoration and thanksgiving,
but prayer of petition has a big part in our daily prayers. We
have so many spiritual and temporal needs, needs which we cannot
provide by ourselves. Christ himself has told us to ask Him for
those needs: “ask and you shall receive.”
The Canaanite woman is for us an example of that
deep-seated faith and trust in Christ’s power and Christ’s
goodness. Even though He ignored her she continued to beseech
Him, and when He answered with what seemed a direct refusal, her
faith and trust did not waiver. She answered His refusal by
showing that the granting of her petition would not in any way
interfere with His primary task, His mission to His father’s
chosen people. This was proof of great faith which He required.
He granted her request.
When we turn to Christ in our needs, is our faith in Him sincere
and unwavering? No doubt it often is, and yet we do not get the
desired answer. As Christians, we know that our particular
request may not always be for our good. In that case, the good
God will not grant what would be to our eternal disadvantage.
But if our prayer is sincere and persevering, we shall always
get an answer, and one which is better than what we asked for.
It is only when we get to heaven - and getting to heaven is our
purpose in life - that we shall see how our prayers, sincere and
persevering, were answered by God.
The Sunday Readings
by Fr. Kevin O’Sullivan O.F.M.