August 4, 2021
Each day, I reflect upon a word or a phrase from the readings of the day. I encourage you to do the same and perhaps incorporate that word or phrase into your daily prayer.
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! (Matthew 15:21-28)
GREAT IS YOUR FAITH: I have never been much of a fan of the “squeaky wheel” mentality. Being a squeaky wheel does seem to be effective, but I have been on the receiving end of some of that squeaking and it can be very annoying! There were a number of times I caved in to the squeaking just to make it to stop.
In today’s Gospel, the Canaanite woman tries to approach Jesus to request His help and is turned away by the disciples, but she persists. Even Jesus seems to be dismissing her, but that does not deter her. She believed her daughter could be cured, and she believed Jesus was the one to do it.
Jesus was able to filter out the squeaking. He knew that no one would continue to fight through that much rejection unless she truly believed he could grant her request. Ultimately, this belief, this faith, was rewarded and her daughter was cured.
Jesus hears the prayers of a persistent, faith-filled heart.