5th Week of Ordinary Time (14th February, 2019)
First Reading: Gen 2:18-25
Gospel: Mk 7:24-30
Jesus went into a house in Tyre where he didn’t want to be known. But couldn’t help being recognized.
A pagan woman came and pleaded to Jesus that her daughter had an unclean spirit and wanted to be freed. She was a
Syrophoenician woman. Jesus responded “The children should be fed first, because it is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the house-dogs.”
She replied, “but the house-dogs under the table can eat the children’s scraps.”
Jesus said that for saying this, your daughter has been healed. And truly, the daughter was lying in her bed, the devil had gone.
It is important to know that those days, the pagans were called as Dogs by the Jews. So, Jesus was perhaps testing her faith. Normally, one might shy away after hearing such a response. But the reply from the Syrophoenician lady was astounding. What is left over after what is ate by children, the dogs can eat.
And here she was a winner by saying so.
In our life’s too, there are plenty of situations when we give up after the first response. It is that crucial moment that we need the unwavering faith to challenge the initial obstacles.
Let’s spent some time away from our worldly things and pray for God’s blessings so that we have the faith that can move mountains. Amen.