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Liturgical day: Wednesday 18th in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Mt 15,21-28): A Canaanite woman (...) began to cry out, «Lord, Son of David, have pity on me! My daughter is tormented by a demon» (...). Jesus answered, «It is not right to take the bread from the children and throw it to the little dogs». The woman replied, «It is true, sir, but even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their master's table». Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. Now a Canaanite woman came from those borders and began to cry out, «Lord, Son of David, have pity on me! My daughter is tormented by a demon». But Jesus did not answer her, not even a word. So his disciples approached him and said, «Send her away: see how she is shouting after us». Then Jesus said to her, «I was sent only to the lost sheep of the nation of Israel».

But the woman was already kneeling before Jesus and said, «Sir, help me!». Jesus answered, «It is not right to take the bread from the children and throw it to the little dogs». The woman replied, «It is true, sir, but even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their master's table». Then Jesus said, «Woman, how great is your faith! Let it be as you wish». And her daughter was healed at that moment.

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today, the Master teaches us that it is very important to insist on our prayer. Like that Canaanite woman: it seems that Jesus ignores her, but she insists with humility. Perhaps, sometime, you think that before God you are like a "puppy": do not give up! Pray ask!

"The disciples thought the Canaanite was a pain in the neck and they wanted to get rid of her. But, on the other hand, she stole Jesus’ heart!