Great is Your Faith
Gospel Refection: Wednesday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time
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.
~Matthew 15: 21-28
Let us praise the Lord this day, Brothers and Sister!
Do you ever feel like a dog? Hungry for scraps?
At times at mass, I do. If I have not been to confession or I doubted God. I yearn for the Scraps of the altar. Unworthy, I still desire him to feed me. My act of sin against God has made me a dog. I do not deserve the scraps, however…
Great is your Faith…
We shall beg for healing like the women in the Gospel. To tell the Lord we believe He has the power to heal. Although we are unworthy we believe He is the Son of God, healer, and lover. So let us return to Him, receive the sacrament of Reconciliation this day, and receive the Lord.
You are not stuck; you can be forgiven. Christ loves you and desires you to act upon the faith you claim to believe. Let us pray to him for healing with great faith, so that we may hear, “Great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.”
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