Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/082017.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 Jesus did not say a word in answer to her. Jesus’ 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 Jesus 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 the woman’s daughter was healed from that hour.
This woman understood what we still have to learn. The Lord’s grace and mercy is for everyone, not just a limited few. We just have to be like her and ask. Ask in faith and it will happen. True faith is all it takes. Have you asked in faith?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I lift my needs up to you, knowing that you will grant me what does not interfere with my salvation. If it does, you whisper “wait I have something better.” In Jesus’ holy name, I give you honor, glory, praise and my heart, Amen.
O God, let all the nations praise you!