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Wednesday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time (YEAR 2013)

Meditation on Today's Scripture:
When the Canaanite woman persisted in asking Jesus to heal her daughter, Jesus answered by saying one shouldn't take food prepared for their children and throw it to the dogs. What did Jesus mean by this expression? The Jews often spoke of the Gentiles as "unclean dogs" since they worshipped idols, offered sacrifices to demons, and rejected the true God. For the Greeks the "dog" was a symbol of dishonor and was used to describe a shameless and audacious woman. Matthew in the gospel the expression: do not give dogs what is holy. Jesus was sent from the Father in heaven to first feed the children of Israel with the true bread of life that would bring healing, reconciliation, and lasting union with God. This humble Canaanite woman was not put-off by Jesus' refusal to give her what she asked for. In desperation and hope for her besieged child, she pleads with Jesus to give some of the "crumbs that fall from the table" to the "little dogs".
Word of the Day...
Isaiah 33:22 The Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; it is he who will save us.
Prayer ...
Heavenly Father, we are glad that our fate, our future, and our life are in your hands. We know about your love for us because of the gift of Jesus. We know about your desire to save us because of your loving grace. We know your demand for holiness is met by the sacrifice of your Son. So God, we gladly and willingly trust our life, our soul, and our eternal future to you. In Infant Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
Today's Readings ... (August 07, 2013)
Day: Wednesday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time (YEAR 2013)
Lectionary: 409
Colour: White
First Reading: Nm 13:1-2, 25–14:1, 26a-29a, 34-35
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 106:6-7ab, 13-14, 21-22, 23
Second Reading: Nil
Gospel: Matthew 15:21-28
Listen to Reading:
Today's Scripture: Matthew 15:21-28
21And Jesus went away from there and withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon. 22 And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and cried, "Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely possessed by a demon." 23 But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and begged him, saying, "Send her away, for she is crying after us." 24 He answered, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." 25 But she came and knelt before him, saying, "Lord, help me." 26 And he answered, "It is not fair to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs." 27 She said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table." 28 Then Jesus answered her, "O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire." And her daughter was healed instantly.


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