Wednesday 5 August 2020

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Dedication of St Mary Major

Jeremiah 31:1-7. The Lord will guard us, like a shepherd guarding his flock – Jeremiah 31:10-13. Matthew 15:21-28.

‘The Lord will guard us, like a shepherd guarding his flock’

So many people around the world are scattered now, on far off shores, feeling abandoned. So many people in our suburbs are scattered now, through abuse and neglect. So many families are scattered now, through family breakdown and disconnection. But the Lord has promised us that He will gather us all and guard us as a shepherd guards his flock. And not only that, we will live in abundance and all will rejoice. Lord we long for this in our troubled world. May your kingdom come!

In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus values our faith so much that he can’t seem to resist a truly faith-filled request. He also seems to enjoy being challenged by the Canaanite woman. I think He enjoyed it so much, that he paused, let the Apostles bluster on, and then undertook a sparring of wit with her. Her final reply won Him over. I pray for such faith, that when I encounter the demons in my world, I fall at Jesus’ feet, and I never give up asking.

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