AT THAT TIME, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman of that district came and called out, “Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter is tormented by a demon.”  But Jesus did not say a word in answer to her,  Jesus’ disciples came and asked him, “Send her away, for she keeps calling out after us.”  He said in reply, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”  But the woman came and did Jesus homage, saying, “Lord, help me.”  He said in reply, “It is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs.”  She said, “Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their masters.”  Then Jesus said to her in reply, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.”  And the woman’s daughter was healed from that hour.   The Gospel of the Lord.  (Matthew 15:21-28)

POPE BENEDICT XVI WROTE that faith makes us light, enabling us to escape our own gravity, which drags us down.  The terrible trial of a chronically ill child could have wrecked the Canaanite woman’s spirit, weighing her down with despondency and defeat.  But faith lifts her from the heaviness of hopelessness and carries her to the “holy mountain” who is Christ. The promise proclaimed by Saint Paul–that God desires to have mercy on all–moves the woman beyond the burden of fatalism and doubt.  Before the Answer who is Christ she will not take no for an answer.  Even Christ’s silence does not dissuade her.  Instead, it serves to steel her belief, showing her a new tack by which to beg for what God is eager to give her. “My God, your silence replies better than the many fervors of my love for you: (Marthe Robin).

(It seems to me this whole Gospel and the persistence is about FAITH. Does anyone else see that?)

PRAYER:   O GOD, WHO have prepared for those who love you good things which no eye can see, fill our hearts, we pray, with the warmth of your love, so that, loving you in all things and above all things, we may attain your promises, which surpass every human desire.  Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, and God, for ever and ever. 


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