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Wednesday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time

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Gospel text (Mt 15:21-28): A Canaanite woman of that district came and called out, “Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter is tormented by a demon.” ...He said in reply, “It is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their masters.” At that time Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman of that district came and called out, “Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter is tormented by a demon.” But he did not say a word in answer to her. His disciples came and asked him, “Send her away, for she keeps calling out after us.” He said in reply, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” But the woman came and did him homage, saying, “Lord, help me.” He said in reply, “It is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their masters.” Then Jesus said to her in reply, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed from that hour.

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!