I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

Friday, August 12, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for Sunday August 14 Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Matthew 15:21-28

My Reflections:
The phrase Son of David means Anointed One, Messiah, Savior and Christ; it is somewhat a mystery why a non Jew like the Canaanite woman knows the true identity of Jesus. We can conclude therefore that the woman is a silent believer and basing on her actuations she is not just an ordinary believer she is a believer with deep faith.

Around that time Jesus was within her vicinity so she went to HIM to ask for His help for her daughter was being tormented by a demon.  She wasn’t able to immediately catch Jesus’ attention for she was an outsider; aside from that; she was also being despised by His disciples. But she persisted and she never gave-up until Jesus gave in to her request for healing for her daughter.

What were the three qualities that caught Jesus attention concerning the Canaanite woman? First was her humility, second was her deep faith and third was her persistence. A person with a very high regard of herself and with feeble faith could have walked away immediately the moment she heard the insults from the disciples. But she is humble and has deep faith that’s why she remained and persistently begged Jesus to cure her daughter.

What is the lesson for us in this gospel episode? Jesus’ love is for everyone of us; it doesn’t even matter who we are and how big or small our sins are. For as long as we humble ourselves before Jesus and for as long as we continue to nurture our faith in Him always expect Him to help us in every way possible with our problems. He may not immediately respond to our pleadings and prayers but He will surely respond in His own perfect time.

Are we persistent with our prayer petitions before Jesus? Do we humble ourselves before Jesus?  Do we have deep faith in Him?

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