Intention: For greater compassion and tolerance among all people, especially in places where histories of fear and misunderstanding divide us.
Today’s Gospel | Matthew 15: 21-28
At that time Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman of that district came and called out, “Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter is tormented by a demon.” But he did not say a word in answer to her. His disciples came and asked him, “Send her away, for she keeps calling out after us.” He said in reply, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” But the woman came and did him 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 her daughter was healed from that hour.
From the Meditation on Saint Dominic, Priest | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
You know that you are responsible for the instruction of the poor. Imitate the tenderness of this saint toward them, and overcome nature when it suggests that you ought to have more consideration for the wealthy. Jesus Christ will look at the good you do to the poor as done to him.
Eternal Father, there are times when the hurts of life seem so great that we think nothing can overcome them, and so we do not even try to reach out to you for help. In those times, teach us to be like the woman who refused to accept that there was no hope. Bless us with relentless faith. Help us to never lose heart but to keep returning ourselves to you, for in you light always dispels darkness and life always overcomes death. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.