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Liturgical day: Thursday 5th in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Mk 7,24-30): But the Syrophoenician woman replied, «Sir, even the dogs un­der the table eat the crumbs from the children's bread». Then Jesus said to her, «You may go your way; because of such a reply the demon has gone out of your daughter». Jesus went to the border of the Tyrian country. There He entered a house and did not want any­one to know He was there, but He could not remain hidden. A woman, whose small daughter had an evil spirit, heard of him and came and fell at his feet. Now this woman was a pagan, a Syrophoenician by birth, and she begged him to drive the demon out of her daughter. Jesus told her, «Let the children be fed first, for it is not right to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs». But she replied, «Sir, even the dogs un­der the table eat the crumbs from the children's bread». Then Jesus said to her, «You may go your way; because of such a reply the demon has gone out of your daughter». And when the wo­man went home, she found her child lying in bed and the demon gone.

Today Jesus can be seen speaking to a foreign woman. She has been long after Him, even He seems to not be paying much attention to her… We are puzzled! She insists and, in the end, Jesus gives her what seems to be a harsh answer: “It is no good to take the bread from the children and cast in to the dogs”. What follows is a beautiful reaction from a mother, pumped with humility: -I know you are right Lord, but do help me; you can help me!

-Do not confront God, but you can insist with humility: you will gain Him for your cause!