Reflection for Gospel Sunday Aug 17 “Faith’

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. (Mat 15:21-28)

Jesus is praising the faith of the outsider. There is a muslin man who comes to the adoration chapel 3 hours a day to, ‘talk to The Jesus.’ Last week, he asked for me a bible in Farsi. (language in Iran) I think someone is sending me a copy, but if you have a copy sitting around. I am sure he has friends who would like to learn about ‘The Jesus.’ I am at St Timothy in Chantilly Va.

I just said good bye to Father Thomas. He is from India working in the missions. He was with us for the summer. For my homily today, I talked about another holy priest from India. Father Patrick would come to St Patrick’s two times a year. I served at St Patrick’s from 2004-2007. I got to see him often. Father Patrick is a man of faith. He established homes for battered woman in India. When he was a young priest he was confined to bed for many years because of an accident. He took a statue of Mary tied it to his bed and said to Mary, ‘Mary I will not release you until you obtain my healing.’ Father Patrick prayed with faith to Mary. Mary did obtain his healing. Father Patrick went to Heaven during his stay at St Patrick’s this summer at the age of 91.

Thought for the day: How great is our faith? Would Jesus say to you my son, my daughter, ‘how great is your faith?’

Ask Father Patrick to pray for you, and your intentions today.

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