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Wednesday of the 18th Week in Ordinary Time Download This Homily

August 7, 2019

Wednesday of the 18th Week in Ordinary Time

 

Num 13: 1-2, 25—14: 1, 26-30, 34-35

Psalm 106:6-7ab, 13-14, 21-22, 23

Mt 15: 21-28

 

Gospel Reading

 

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.

 

 Reflection

 

“Woman, you have great faith! Let your desire be granted."

 

 

We are people coming to the Lord everyday in prayer. We believe in God and we are God fearing people. But have we ever heard the voice of Jesus telling us – man/woman, your faith is great!!

 

We come to Jesus with many prayers – very often with intentions to be gratified, desires to be met! But not all our intentions and desires are resolved. Life is a mixture of up and downs! Pain and pleasure, success and failures! We encounter problems! Some may have many and some have only few. It may be a sickness, the death of my only child or my beloved better-half, loss of a job, famine, economic disasters, or anything that will truly test our faith. In the midst of our problems, we need someone to relay upon, a shoulder to cry out my pains.  We need someone we can turn to for solution. Jesus is the only refuge where I could submit all the problems and desires! Jesus is offering his shoulder to lean upon. Remember the very consoling words of Jesus – Come to me, all you who labour and overburdened, and I will give your rest. Shoulder my yoke and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Mt.11:28).

 

Based upon Mt.11:28, we often preach ‘to run to God’ and there, we will have answer! Sometimes in the midst our problems, we may be so frustrated and disappointed and we may be at the verge deciding to live or die. We may not need Him to lift every burden but just to give a support.  We may not ask Him to move every mountain but the highest.  We don’t need God to give us the whole bread but just a crumb. Yet, we feel left without answer!!

 

Yes, that is the situation we are looking at the gospel passage of today.  Jesus is approached by ‘a Canaanite woman who is a mother of a girl who was under the spell of evil spirit’. It is very clear from the passage that she was so desperate – “and suddenly out came a Canaanite woman from that district and started ‘shouting’. She needs something in her life. She did not want to lose something precious in her life and moreover, she did not want her daughter suffer the torment of the evil spirit.  She comes to the Lord and as she does, she is not asking for the whole bread, she is just asking for a crumb.  She knows that a little crumb is better than nothing. Her prayer was a prayer from the depth of her heart, from a broken heart of a mother.

 

She might have come to Jesus with much surety and hope that Jesus could save the child and she was determined to get her child the help she needed. Perhaps she had heard about how Jesus had healed everyone who came to him with all manner of diseases; about raising the dead to life, about how He had opened the eyes of the blind and unstopped the ears of the deaf; about how He had driven the demons from other people.  She might have heard about how Jesus delivered the man possessed by a legion of demons. She might have said, “If He can deliver that man from a legion of demons, surely He can deliver my daughter from the grip of one devil!” She was so desperate and she saw Jesus as her only hope!

 

But to see that her need was met and her daughter was healed, this woman had to overcome many obstacles, primarily two existential predicaments that ‘she is a woman standing in the midst of men’ and moreover she is a ‘Cannanite woman’.  It seemed that she met resistance to her request at every turn.  Yet, she persisted until she achieved her goal.  She faced the obstacles one after another and overcame them by faith and hope. She had to overcome race as she was a Canaanite and not a Jewish woman; she had to overcome rejection both from Jesus and his disciples, this Canaanite woman, even though she knew that the Jewish society of that time was discriminating her, she overcame this obstacle with great faith. She had to overcome reality, the reality that her own religion men and society did not seem to care about her or her situation at all.  It must have appeared to her that her situation was hopeless.

 

Today’s gospel passage tells us that never slam the door of hope and faith in God. The obstacles that were thrown up by the Lord Jesus were not placed there to discourage and defeat this lady.  The obstacles were placed there to mature her faith.  If you observe the passage carefully you will see how Jesus took this woman and her small faith and led her along and helped her to grow deeper in her faith.

 

She matures in her faith gradually and steadily and at the end Jesus declares – Woman, you have great faith!!! What more recognition do we need to get and hear!!

 

Dear friends, walk to Jesus with faith and hope even when we feel situations are hopeless. Believe with St. Paul – “God works with those who love him, those who have been called in accordance with his purpose, and turns everything to their good’ (Rom.8:28). Believe that He knows our needs and what is good for us, though he may not grant all our ‘desires’.

 


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