Posted by: livingscripture | February 12, 2015

Fifth Thursday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

 “The woman was a Greek, a Syrophoenician by birth, and she begged him to drive the demons 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.”   

 (Mark 7: 26-30)   


How should we live this Wordt_jesus_the_teacher005

We must be filled with this intimate attitude of a faith that does not claim privileges but is full of faith alone.What unconditional trust in Jesus!   Faith in Him is precisely this!  This attitude moves Jesus and matures in Him the decision to do away with every limitation for salvation.  Thus, His limited mission to the Jews will give way to His command, “Go out to the whole world!”  This will become the post-Easter mission of the disciples and the mission of the Church.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask Jesus to give me the faith of this Canaanite woman full of trust in Him with my whole heart and my whole soul so that I may become His voice in the world.

Lord, increase my faith! 

The Voice of Pope Francis in his homily on February 13, 2014 

The woman risked being ridiculed, but she insisted and from her paganism and her idolatry, she found health for her child and the living God for herself.  This is the journey of a person of good will who seeks God and finds Him.  The Lord blesses her.  How many people take this journey and the Lord waits for them!  It is the Holy Spirit who guides them on this journey.  Every day in the Lord’s Church, there are people who silently make this journey to find the Lord, because they let the Holy Spirit guide them.



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