Posted by: livingscripture | February 8, 2018

Fifth Thursday in Ordinary Time



Thursday, February 8, 2018

WORD of the DAY 

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: 28-30)

How shall I live this Word?

The heart of today’s event is not so much the word of Jesus that perhaps leaves us somewhat perplexed, but the response of the woman, a foreigner, not a Jew, who had intuited and recognized the bread of divine mercy through the story of the miracles previously worked by the Teacher.  Out of this huge abundance profusely given by Jesus to His people, ‘the children’, only need a few crumbs.  The lesson for us is that we are super-nourished by the Eucharistic bread, and yet we are indifferent before this marvelous gift that often blesses our days, gives courage and hope along our way.

In my prayer today, I will thank the Lord for the mysterious and great gift of the Eucharist.

The Voice of Fr. Ermes Ronchi, Religious, Biblist

Jesus walks and grows in faith, learning something about God and humans from the love and intelligence of a foreign mother.  From this meeting on the frontier, from a dialog between strangers that is at first brusque and then serene, comes a dream.  The earth is seen as one big house, a table with abundant bread, a crown of children.  A home where no one, not even the puppies, are hungry.  Where we are and others, men and not, but only children and hunger to satisfy.  Where everyone, like Jesus, learns from each other.  A dream inhabited by God and every good heart.





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