Wednesday 9 August 2017
St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross.
Numbers 13:1-2, 25 – 14:1, 26-29, 34-35. Psalm 105(106):6-7, 13-14, 21-23. Matthew 15:21-28.
Lord, remember us, for the love you bear your people — Psalm 105(106):6-7, 13-14, 21-23.
‘Woman, you have great faith.’
We can find it hard not to grumble against God when we feel more lost than found. Today’s readings remind us that life contains many wrong turns and disappointments. Yet there is wisdom to be found in the middle of the wilderness.
In the gospel the Canaanite woman challenges Jesus and his response is reluctant at first. Is he testing her faith deliberately? Or does the ministry of Jesus become more inclusive because of her willingness to tackle the hard questions? How do I react to the silence of God when I long for direction? Do I boldly persist in my faith when the answer seems to be no? Does my own love and compassion extend to people who are different from me?