Thursday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time

Intention:  For all caregivers, especially teachers, that they may be attentive to the Holy Spirit’s inspirations to work as bringers of strength and hope to all who they serve.

Today’s Gospel | Mark 7:24-30

Jesus went to the district of Tyre.  He entered a house and wanted no one to know about it, but he could not escape notice. Soon a woman whose daughter had an unclean spirit heard about him.  She came and fell at his feet.  The woman was a Greek, a Syrophoenician by birth, and she begged him to drive the demon out of her daughter.  He said to her, “Let the children be fed first.  For it is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs.”  She replied and said to him, “Lord, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s scraps.”  Then he said to her, “For saying this, you may go. The demon has gone out of your daughter.”  When the woman went home, she found the child lying in bed and the demon gone.

From the Seventh Meditation for the Time of Retreat | St. John Baptist de La Salle

The reason that Saint Paul gives for this is that God’s secret plan was unveiled to him. He had received the grace of unveiling to the nations the incomprehensible riches of Jesus Christ, so that those who previously were deprived of Jesus Christ and were strangers to the covenant of God, without hope in his promises, now belong to Jesus Christ and are strangers no longer.  They have become fellow citizens with the saints and servants of God’s household. They are the structure that has been built on the foundation of the Apostles and raised up by Jesus Christ.  They have become the sanctuary where God dwells through his Holy Spirit.


Eternal Father, we find ourselves living in confused and divisive times.  Help us to, like Saints Cyril and Methodius, bring to our world the light of your Word.  As we proclaim your Good News, let your truth find its way into the hearts of all, especially those who are farthest from knowledge of you.  May we serve to bring your people together in peace and justice.  We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.  Amen.

St. John Baptist de La Salle, pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts forever.