February 8, 2018 - Thursday
In the gospel these days, we have seen Jesus saying or doing something that allows people to foster and demonstrate their faith. Not that He wants to test them, but because He wants them to see and experience by themselves what faith can do.
Today's Good News is another account on this. There was this Greek woman who asked Jesus to take away the demon that possessed her child. But Jesus' answer was "Let the children be fed first. For it is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs." That time, it is usual that the Jews used the expression "dogs" to refer to the Gentiles. And these words might be discouraging for the woman.
BUT, this woman still come to Jesus full of trust not on what He does but on who He is. Full of persistence, she did not stop begging to Jesus. And full of humility, she willed to accept even the food scraps offered to her. Amazed by the woman's disposition, Jesus healed her child! How do you come to Jesus? Do you always approach Him the way the Greek woman did -- humble enough to acknowledge your need of Him, but persistent and confident at the same time that His promise in your life will be fulfilled?
Reflections of Faith
Read and be inspired by a reflection based on today's Gospel made by members of the Verbum Dei Family in Manila.