Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
August 3, A.D. 2005
Numbers 13:1-2, 25-14:1, 26-29, 34-35
Psalm 106:6-7, 13-14, 21-23
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
"Great is your faith, Woman"
If there was ever an intriguing, puzzling, and inspiring story in the
Bible, this is it. Read it. Aren't you puzzled? Who else had Jesus
ever treated in this fashion? He as much as calls the Canaanite
woman a dog--is that the Jesus we know and love as Lord?
Yes, it is. What Jesus knew, how we cannot say, was the strength
of this woman's faith. He knew that she loved her daughter so much
that she would do anything to help her. He knew that she would stand
up and publicly proclaim her faith and confidence, even when she had
good reason to believe she was deceived.
Jesus would have saved this woman's child regardless. But what
Jesus showed us here was the power of unremitting, unrelenting,
unselfish, pure love. He was showing us how we are all in the position
of this Canaanite woman, and all too often, we are more concerned for
ourselves that for those that we love. Should we suffer a slight or an
embarrassment in pursuing our goal, we would more likely relent than
continue in the pursuit.
Not so with the Canaanite woman. Her purpose was pure, her motive
unspoiled, her certainty unalloyed, even when seemingly rebuffed. She
had the invincible armor of unselfishness, of complete love of another.
"Greater love has no one than that they lay down their life for a friend."
Jesus presented us with a human example of what the kingdom of God
is filled with. People who are convicted, who are spirit-filled, and who are
unafraid of being thought foolish in this world!
Lives of the saints:
Wednesday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time
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