Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
August 8, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Numbers 13:1-2, 25–14:1, 26a-29a, 34-35
Psalm 106:6-7ab, 13-14, 21-22, 23
Matthew 15: 21-28
A reflection on today's Scripture:
"O Woman, Great Is Your Faith!"
This is one of those problem passages when you scratch your head and wonder, "What in the world is Jesus thinking when He does this?" It seems so curt, callous, and rude.
But what Jesus is doing is reflecting the thought of all of those around Him, those who would send her away because she is not of the same nation, tribe, or people. Jesus tells her that He has come for the people of Israel and it is not right to feed the dogs when the children go hungry. How awful, calling someone a Dog!
But Jesus does it to good purpose--to show that despite the hatred directed at her by the Children of Israel, she is still a child of God deserving of all of the things that come to a child of God. She continues her entreaty and Jesus points out her tremendous faith in the face of such terrible abuse.
Jesus announces to us all, that no matter what we are called or how we may feel about ourselves, we are entitled as Children of God to sit with God and enjoy His presence and company. Human evaluations are
meaningless. God welcomes every person.
- JuandelaCruz -
Wednesday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time
St. Dominic. priest
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