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Sunday, August 14, 2005
A Correction and a Proclamation of Faith

August 14, 2005
Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today's Gospel reading (August 14) is one that can take quite a few tries to get at the internal meaning; for me it is one the most confusing parts of the Gospel and deserves much thought.

After reading the Gospel we see that the meaning of the Gospel lies in the virtue of faith. Now "faith" is a divine virtue imposed upon our soul along with hope and charity in Baptism. And, faith, no matter how much it is tested, can never truly be taken away. In Baptism and Confirmation we receive the Holy Spirit and these will guide us for the rest of our lives just as our guardian angel will always guard us through our lives no matter what path we choose.

In the Gospel a Canaanite woman pleads Jesus to heal her daughter, but the apostles want to drive her away because she is annoying them. But Jesus, just as He does numerous times, corrects the bishops-in-training showing them that those of faith should never be turned away. No one, no matter if they are Catholic or not, should be neglected or forgotten; remember the parable of the Good Samaritan? We should love all out of love of God because He also loves everyone not just His followers.

Now, after this Jesus clarifies his mission as one for the "lost sheep of the kingdom". Christ came as a priest, prophet, and king and all for our salvation, yet during His time on earth He still healed those who came to Him. And the woman responds calling Christ the "Son of David" because the Jews knew that through King David would be the coming Messiah.

The Gospel continues: "But the woman came and did Jesus 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 the woman's daughter was healed from that hour. "

Faith can heal us instantly and to see this we must be like those dogs and know that we rely on Our Master. After all, without God are we anything?

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del_button August 14, 2005 at 10:27 PM
Christ-Haunted said...

Good post. I know I was confused by the reading today. I just didn't understand why Jesus was speaking to her as if she was a dog. Then I realized that He had intended to help her all along, the give and take was for the benefit of training his apostles to regard all as worthy of salvation.

del_button August 24, 2005 at 1:45 PM
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del_button September 13, 2008 at 11:46 PM
Anonymous said...

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