First Reading: Isaiah 56:1, 6-7
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8
Second Reading: Romans 11:13-15, 29-32
Gospel: Matthew 15:21-28
In today’s Gospel reading a woman begs the Lord to heal her daughter from being tormented by a demon. I found it especially interesting that when she first cried for Jesus’ help, Jesus did not answer her, and yet, she still continued to call for Jesus’ help and she did not lose faith. Sometimes in my life I feel as though God is not listening to me and fails to answer my prayers. And because of this doubt I start to dwindle in my faith and give up on prayer and the works of it.
But in this Gospel, the woman portrays a role model for those like me during times of little faith. The woman humbly perseveres to reach out for help from the Lord for the sake of her daughter. Jesus says to the woman, “It is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs.” She replies saying, ”Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their masters.” In her response, instead of being prideful and stubborn, she acknowledges that she cannot heal her daughter on her own and has faith that only the Lord can fulfill her needs. In life we strive to be like this woman, humble and faithful. We should not give up on the Lord and the power of prayer simply because we do not get what we want. We must stay humble, appreciating the blessings God has already brought forth to us and trust Him to fulfill our needs the way He has planned.