Wednesday of 18th Week, uneven numbered year Mercredi de la 18e semaine année impaire

Jesus answered her, ’Woman, you have great faith. Let your desire be granted!’
Tuesday 21 July 2015

Nb. 12 Ps. 105 Mt. 15, 21-28

Wednesday of 18th Week, uneven numbered year

"Jesus left that place and withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And suddenly out came a Canaanite woman from that district and started shouting, ’Lord, Son of David, take pity on me! My daughter is tormented by a devil!’ But he said not a word in answer to her. And his disciples went and pleaded with him, saying, ’Give her what she wants, because she keeps shouting at us.’ He said in reply, ’I was sent only to the lost sheep of the House of Israel.’

This Canaanite woman come from foreign territory Is the image of the world waiting for salvation and crying out to God. She expresses the pain of humanity taken up with suffering! In our world today this suffering can be called drugs, alcohol..! There are so many ways to manifest the and hardships of life . ’My daughter is tormented by a devil ! ’she says. These cries coming from all over the place are hard to hear and to put up with! Jesus’ work of salvation begins with Israel to go out to the whole of humanity. If Jesus doesn’t reply it is so that the disciples will end up asking for her healing. One of the most meaningful times in our lives is when the compassion we feel is manifested, thanks to the fact we see reality from a different aspect. So this is when the things that hold us together are revealed. Jesus is taken up by his Passion and also by what goes before it. His life is turned towards the Father, receiving from Him in daily life the bread for each day as well as work, rest, and times of withdrawal from the crowds. Jesus lives his life in Nazareth always on the qui vive, attentive to all who came towards him. Even if in his apostleship there were times of prayer, as we can well imagine in Nazareth, he received everything from his Father, his life and his very existence.

“But the woman had come up and was bowing low before him. ’Lord, ’she said, ’help me.’ He replied ’It is not fair to take the children’s’ food and throw it to little dogs.’ She retorted, ’Ah yes, Lord, but even little dogs eat the scraps that fall from their master’s table.”

“I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.” Jesus’ reply shows how he reuses to enter into all powerfulness : he doesn’t do everything, everywhere , at all times. He has received a mission from His Father which has its own limits and framework and so allows space for other people. His mission is one that he receives, he doesn’t attribute it to himself and he certainly doesn’t do what he likes with it.This goes against our image of a Jesus who is all powerful, giving everything by himself. Jesus is on his journey, dialoguing with His Father, seeking to bind new relationships with others, allowing the freedom of the Father to act in Himself and in other people.He likes the way this woman keeps on insisting.For sure, he will say that his mission begins with his own people, but the way he says it will incite the woman to keep on asking. Jesus is a sign of the way in which God’s Kingdom moves ahead. Still today we need to persevere in our way of asking Jesus, the Saviour of the world.

“Then Jesus answered her, ’Woman, you have great faith. Let your desire be granted.’ And from that moment her daughter was well again.”

“Let your desire be granted! ’Jesus encounters this woman in a true dialogue, far from any noise.By entering in an exchange and keeping his own point of view, Jesus measures just how much her daughter’s healing ,that she so much desires, has her put into place all she can. She is well aware in making this request what is imposed upon her. From then on Jesus can say to her ’You have great faith.” She has great faith for it is one that is very well situated. It is wide open to others and very respectful. Since it is well situated the miracle can work by itself. This is a scene of someone on the outskirts, withdrawn from sight.This woman comes from somewhere else and we can easily weigh up where Jesus is coming from, how he wishes to encounter us and call us into existence.when we are in a place of right solitude with a word that is fairly situated, it correctly bears its weight and brings about what it truly desires. We contemplate Jesus who is faithful to the Action of the Holy Spirit in all things. We can always read this freedom and amazing fidelity in his life and actions. He accomplishes the loving will of he Heavenly Father in justice and in love, situating his action and that of his disciples after him.

Let us ask for the grace to persevere in trust and love for God.