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Thursday Fifth Week Ordinary Time

Rev 3:14,20: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God's creation. ... "Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.
Heavenly Father, we know you long to share your presence and fellowship with us. we know you are nearby as we draw each breath. But we confess that we are often unaware, and even sometimes unappreciative of your presence. We ask you this day to come into our heart and fill our life with your presence, comfort, and power. we want our life to be lived for you and with you. Holy and Almighty God, thank you for providing Jesus as our Lord and Savior. In his name we offer my thanks and praise. Amen.
  Today's Readings ... (February 09, 2012)
Thursday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time
First Reading: 1 Kings 11:4-13
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 106:3-4, 35-36, 37 and 40
Gospel: Mark 7:24-30
Lectionary: 332
Colour: Green
  Meditation on Today's Gospel: (Mark 7:24-30)
The Jews frequently spoke of the Gentiles with arrogance and disrespect as "unclean dogs" since the Gentiles were excluded from God's covenant and good turn with Israel. For the Greeks the "dog" was a sign of dishonor and was used to describe a shameless and daring woman. Matthew's gospel records the phrase do not give dogs what is holy. Jesus, undoubtedly, spoke with a smile rather than with an abuse because this woman straight away responds with wit and faith – "even the dogs eat the crumbs". Jesus praises a Gentile woman for her unrelenting faith and for her warm love. She made the unhappiness of her child her own and she was willing to suffer rejection in order to get healing for her loved one. She also had strong determination. Her faith grew in contact with the person of Jesus. She began with a demand and she ended on her knees in reverential prayer to the living God. No one who ever wanted Jesus with faith – whether Jew or Gentile – was refused his help. Do we seek Jesus with eager faith?

Wednesday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time


Memorial of Saint Scholastica, Virgin


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