Faith Daily | 10 February 2022
PRAYER of the DAY - APBA p 535
Father of all,
who gave your only-begotten Son
to take upon himself the form of a servant
and to be obedient even to death on a cross:
give us the same mind that was in Christ Jesus,
that, sharing in his humility,
we may come to be with him in his glory;
where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
GOSPEL for the Day: Mark 7: 24-30
24From there he set out and went away to the region of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was there. Yet he could not escape notice, 25but a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about him, and she came and bowed down at his feet. 26Now the woman was a Gentile, of Syrophoenician origin. She begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. 27He said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” 28But she answered him, “Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” 29Then he said to her, “For saying that, you may go—the demon has left your daughter.” 30So she went home, found the child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.
GOSPEL REFLECTION: Alison Dorman
This Gentile lady was definitely persistent. She wasn’t going to take ‘no’ for an answer from Jesus. She knew he could heal her daughter. What parent doesn’t do whatever it takes to get help if their child is in distress? Here we have one of the great women of the Gospels. She has no concern for herself only for her little daughter and she trusts Jesus. Imagine her walk home, her entry into the house and her rush to the child’s bedside to find the demon has left her child. What trust!!
Jesus teaches us to be insistent in prayer. ‘Ask and it shall be given to you; search and you shall find; knock and the door will be open for you' (Luke 11: 9). This mother did not present her daughter to Jesus, but believed that long distance healing would not be a barrier. Jesus sometimes said that he met deeper faith among foreigners than amongst his own people.
How would I respond if confronted by a distressed person form a different background to me? Would I recognise their urgent need? Am I willing to reach out across divides and boundaries, in order to give or seek help?
Is my faith strong enough to persist, and not give up when I encounter obstacles? Am I prepared to keep fighting for what I believe in?
FINAL PRAYER: 1990 Philippines
Here I am
one small voice.
Here I am
one young soul.
Let me join your world,
enjoy your world,
and take it as my own.
I need your love.