Thursday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time

Such is the passion of a mom for her daughter. Even if she knew thatthere was a slim chance of being entertained by Jesus due to prevalentcultural biases at that time- of her being a woman and a Gentile -still she persisted. And because of her faith and trust in Our Lord, her daughter was freed from the demonic spirit.

What a beautiful pattern of complete dependence on God’s mercy andhealing! How wonderful it would be if we could show the same in allthat we do. No content how difficult things may get in this world, ourtotal defection for the things of heaven prevents us exiting. We knowthat Jesus will look after us while we are unworthy, even if wedon’t deserve paradise.

At first glance, it may seem that Jesus is dismissing the Syro-Phoenician woman because of his reply. Rather, he is giving her theopportunity to openly proclaim her sturdy belief, that onlyJesus can regenerate their own children. Irrespective of what others may think of her, she felt with all her mettle that Jesus is to be able to came to see you heraid.

Even if public opinion in general might find our actions asfoolish, we still hold on to our relationship with Christ. We honestlyfeel that no one else can be our Savior. He alone has the power tofree us from sin. He can chase away the evil pushes razzing us whenwe find ourselves absolutely overtaken by the realities of animmoral civilization. He is our shelter in the blizzard of dealing with theeveryday challenges of just trying to survive.

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