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, August 4, 2015

Reflection for August 5, Wednesday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time: Matthew 15: 21-28

Gospel: Matthew 15: 21-28
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 he did not say a word in answer to her. His 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 him 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 her daughter was healed from that hour.
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How is strong is your faith in Jesus? Can it endure severe testing from Jesus?

The great faith of the Canaanite woman whose daughter was tormented by a devil is very evident in the gospel. She was initially snubbed by Jesus but she persisted. She heard the disciples told Jesus: “Send her away.” But she did not budge a bit.

Then being a Canaanite woman, Jesus told her: “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.” The more that she persisted; she knelt before and said: “Lord help me.”

After a few more dialogues Jesus saw how strong was her faith when He said: “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.

We too have our own special petitions for Jesus and we too must have been snubbed or ignored a number of times. It may even seem that Jesus is turning a deaf ear to our begging.

In spite of these all we must continue to have faith and be always persistent in following Him. God’s silence and rejections to our petitions is a test of faith for us. God wants to see until where are we willing to stretch our patience. He wants to see if we are still willing to walk an extra mile in our pursuit of Him.  

How strong is your faith in Jesus? – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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