9 August, 2017: Prayer and Persistence

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Wednesday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1: Num. 13.1-2, 25-14.1, 26a, 34-35; Gospel: Matthew:15: 21-28.

The gospel passage on the Cananite woman’s faith is an example of inner disposition that is needed whenever we approach God in prayer. The woman in the gospel approached Jesus with genuine faith, seeking healing for her daughter. Her faith was put to test by Jesus. Jesus, deliberately remained silent and did not respond to her when she pleaded Him to heal her daughter. But the woman persisted saying ‘Lord, help me.’ At this, the response of Jesus was difficult to accept. He apparently humiliated her when he said “it is not fair to take children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” These words of Jesus brought the best expression of her faith, “Yes, Lord, even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table. She passed the test of faith and Jesus declared to her “great is your faith.” Faith, spirit of perseverance and patience are three important aspects of prayer.

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