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Thursday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time

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Gospel text (Mk 7:24-30): She replied and said to him, “Lord, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s scraps.” Then he said to her, “For saying this, you may go. The demon has gone out of your daughter.” Jesus went to the district of Tyre. He entered a house and wanted no one to know about it, but he could not escape notice. Soon a woman whose daughter had an unclean spirit heard about him. She came and fell at his feet. The woman was a Greek, a Syrophoenician by birth, and she begged him to drive the demon out of her daughter. He said to her, “Let the children be fed first. For it is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs.” She replied and said to him, “Lord, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s scraps.” Then he said to her, “For saying this, you may go. The demon has gone out of your daughter.” When the woman went home, she found the child lying in bed and the demon gone.

Illustration: Pili Piñero

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!