14 Feb 2019: Learn to Uphold the Dignity of Women.

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Memorial of Saints Cyril, Monk, and Methodius, Bishop

Reading 1: Gen 2: 18-25; Gospel: Mk. 7: 24-30

We belong to a world wherein women face a lot of injustice, persecution and less privilege.  The situation is much better than that of 20 years now but still we hear a lot of news about discrimination and harassment that rise against women. The first reading of today would clearly give us the message that women is never less dignified than man instead she shares the same dignity. God created man but man could never find a partner who would suit him. Therefore God creates woman taking a portion from man. Man would address her as “bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh.”

The Gospel passage of the day would again narrate to us the bold stand taken by a woman so as to gain the favour of the Lord. We see at various occasions in the gospel Jesus rebuking his disciples for their unbelief though they walked with him, saw him performing miracles, heard his preaching but failed so miserably in producing the expected results. But the woman would ask here for a favour from the Lord and Jesus says “It is not fair enough to throw the bread of the children (people of Israel) to dogs (pagans).” But the faith of this woman was astonishment for Jesus perhaps; for she says “even dogs feed themselves as they eat the crumbs that fall from the master’s table.” Jesus appreciates the faith of this woman and grants her the favour she asked for.

Let us take a resolution today to look at women as dignified ones as the first reading reminded us. Let us also take a vow not to look down on them because many a times they prove that they are capable of doing much greater things that man could perhaps imagine as we saw in the gospel passage.

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