Hello Friend!!! Welcome you to this Powerful Catholic Reflection for the day 9th February 2023. I am very happy to see you coming to read this reflection. Today’s readings.
Table of Contents
Readings of the Day
|First Reading||Genesis 2:18-25|
|Gospel Reading||Mark 7:24-30|
Focus of the Today
It is not one’s status or long-standing allegiance to the religion that matters in the sight of the Lord. What is pleasing in God’s sight is the unfailing fidelity to cling to Him despite all the deviating pulls
Inspiring Catholic Reflection for the Day
1. In the gospel, we have a praiseworthy figure for faith and turning to the true God. A certain Syrophoenician woman approaches Jesus for the healing of her possessed daughter. Great was her faith because it was adorned with humility. She falls at his feet with deep trust. What makes her faith still greater is her utter humility that accepts and swallows even an explicit offense and humiliation.
2. Jesus not only turns down her plea but also speaks derogatively, “it is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs”. Here some may argue, how could Jesus who is above every discrimination and respects everyone and despises no one, be so harsh and offensive? The point is not that.
3. There can be different plausible explanations for this unusual offensiveness of Jesus. Whether Jesus wanted to test her faith? Whether Jesus wanted to give us an example of humble faith in her person? Whether Jesus wanted to dispel our wrong presumptions that God’s grace is no one’s prerogative based on mere religious allegiance? Whether Jesus wanted to make it clear that his primary purpose was to regain the lost people of God? Whether these words are not actually Jesus’ own but put into Jesus’ mouth by the evangelist who reflects simply the Jewish mentality of despisal toward the Gentiles?
4. Whatever it be, what steals the show is her unshaken faith that could respond, “even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs”. True faith is deeply humble and persevering. It is not easily upset and does not give up.
Direction For Life
It is high time that people stop taking pride and credit in their long tradition of allegiance and adherence to the church. That proves nothing. What is most important is humility to turn to Him and surrender to Him, and the fidelity to cling to Him unswervingly
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