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Sunday 20th (A) in Ordinary Time

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Gospel text (Mt 15,21-28): At that time, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. Now a Canaanite 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.

Faith (Reasonable) and Reason (Openness)

EDITORIAL TEAM evangeli.net (based on texts by Benedict XVI) (Città del Vaticano, Vatican)

Today, a woman from Cana (without the Israeli faith) speaks to Jesus. We could reflect on the impossibility or uselessness of this dialogue; what can faith say about reason?, and reason say about faith? They have much to do with one another. The lady from Cana was open to what is transcendental; Jesus divinity is not without reason (He is Logos, the Reason that has created, made man).

When faith and reason are separated, both suffer. The difficulty to understand reason collides with the difficult to explain how intelligence emerged from turmoil (the incredible order there is in the cosmos, can it possibly be a result of chaos, or from disorder?). And faith/religion always need to be purified by reason to show its true face... it is not a belief for beliefs sake but a reasoned belief.

—Jesus: The woman from Cana says to you “hour is right”; you say to her: “your faith is strong”. Only faith and reason united can make the Truth shine.

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