Quotations:

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

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Reflection for February 12, Thursday; Fifth Week in Ordinary Time; Mark 7:24-30

Gospel: Mark 7:24-30
Jesus went to the district of Tyre. He entered a house and wanted no one to know about it, but he could not escape notice. Soon a woman whose daughter had an unclean spirit heard about him. She came and fell at his feet. The woman was a Greek, a Syrophoenician by birth, and she begged him to drive the demon out of her daughter. He said to her, “Let the children be fed first. For it is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs.” She replied and said to him, “Lord, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s scraps.” Then he said to her, “For saying this, you may go. The demon has gone out of your daughter.” When the woman went home, she found the child lying in bed and the demon gone.
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Reflection:
What is the key for us to have what we want from Jesus? It’s persistence! If we think that Jesus doesn’t hear our prayers we should continue to beg Him to grant us what want. We should never give-up because giving up is a sign of our lack of faith in Jesus.

The Syrophoenician woman in our gospel never gave-up on her prayer request even if she was already being tested by Jesus. She persisted and humbly beg Jesus to cure her daughter possessed by the devil. Eventually her persistence bore fruit for when she went home she found out that her daughter was not anymore possessed by the devil.

As we continue our journey in this temporal world we surely will be facing a lot of problematic situations. Let us not let these disappointing events bring us down and let us not let these situations separate us from Jesus. The more we encounter trials in our lives the more that we go persistently to Jesus for help.

For it’s only Jesus and it’s only through Jesus that we would be able to survive the many trials and tribulations in this world.  What if for example we persistently pray to Jesus for help and he did not help us? Would this be possible that we pray and we did not receive any help from Jesus?

Yes this is very possible but this should not be a reason for us to give-up and distance ourselves from Jesus. For life in this world is temporary unlike in the afterlife where life is eternal. If our prayers did not get any response from Jesus in this world surely He will not only respond to us in the afterlife. We will also be with Him in His kingdom in heaven for we never gave-up on Him while we were still in this world.

Are you persistent in your prayer/s before Jesus? – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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