10th of February

Publié le 9 Février 2022

Gospel text

(Mk 7:24-30): 

 

Jesus went to the district of Tyre. He entered a house and wanted no one to know about it, but he could not escape notice. Soon a woman whose daughter had an unclean spirit heard about him. She came and fell at his feet. The woman was a Greek, a Syrophoenician by birth, and she begged him to drive the demon out of her daughter. He said to her, “Let the children be fed first. For it is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs.” She replied and said to him, “Lord, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s scraps.” Then he said to her, “For saying this, you may go. The demon has gone out of your daughter.” When the woman went home, she found the child lying in bed and the demon gone.

 

The Application

 

We have a surprising God. Since man acts according to his appearance, it is difficult for him to recognise all that dwells in him, let alone in the hearts of others. The dialogue between the Lord and this pagan girl seems a little rough and incomprehensible, even more so when compared with a little dog. For me personally, I would like to look at the perseverance of this woman, and her trust in the Lord. It is important for me, the reason that the Lord accords for this favor.

 

 

 

I know and I am sure that if my Lord is not rough with me, because He knows that my faith is weak. That is why I pray every day, 'Lead me not into temptation. Very often the depth of faith of my brothers and sisters helps me to deepen my faith. This woman's persistent presence before an unlending person,  is a call to all of us to go to the Lord.

 

 

 

Faith is a gift from God. Yet we must know how to welcome it and how to use it. A pagan woman, with a very distant view of herself, her faith and her worship, allowed her to insist and put herself at the disposal of the Lord. How many of us have the courage to do this. As soon as our righteous prayers are not answered, we abandon our faith and our Lord. Do we trust the Word of the Lord?

 

Action of the day: Check the depth of your faith.

“Soon a woman whose daughter had an unclean spirit heard about him. She came and fell at his feet.”

 

Fr. Enric CASES i Martín

(Barcelona, Spain)

 

Today, we see the faith of a woman that did not belong to God's chosen people, but trusted Jesus could cure her daughter. That mother “was a Greek, a Syrophoenician by birth, and she begged him to drive the demon out of her daughter” (Mk 7:26). Pain and love bring her to insistently beg, ignoring scorn, delays or indignities. And she gets what she is asking for, as she “When the woman went home, she found the child lying in bed and the demon gone.” (Mk 7:30).

Saint Augustine used to say that our prayers are not heard because we ask “aut mali, aut male, aut mala.” “Mali”, because we are evil, for that our personal dispositions are not good, or they are bad, and we should be asking for, in the first place, to become good; “male” because we pray badly, without faith, not persevering, not humbly; “mala” because we ask for bad things, that is, things which are not good for us, things which can harm us. In the last analysis, prayer is ineffective when it is not true prayer. Therefore, “Pray. In what human venture could you have greater guarantee of success?” (Saint Josemaria). The Syrophenician woman is a good mother; she was begging something good (“she begged him to drive the demon out of her daughter”) and she begged rightly (“and came and fell at his feet”).

Our Lord wants us to use insistently the petition prayer or prayer of faith. There are, indeed, other kinds of prayers —worship, salvation, prayer of thanks—, but Jesus insists very much on our often using the petition prayer.

Why? Many could be the reasons: because we need God's help to attain our greatest aim; because it expresses hope and love; because it is a clamor of faith. But there is also a motive that, perhaps, is sometimes ignored: God wants things to be a little as we like them. Thus, our petition —which is an act of freedom— along with God's omnipotent power, can contribute to make the world as God wishes and a little as we wish, too.
The power of prayer is just wonderful!

 

Rédigé par JOHNBOSCO

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