Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/080515.cfm
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.
Jesus’ ministry was ”first to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” But this Canaanite woman recognized who He was and begged for her daughter’s life. She recognized in Him the power to heal and drive out demons. Once again Jesus shows us that our faith in Him will save us and those we love. How great is your faith?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, at times my faith is very strong and at others very weak. Help me when I am weak, lift me, hold me and restore my strength. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.