Thursday 9th, February, 2017
Gospel: Mark 7:24-30
The woman in the Gospel story today was adamant. Jesus had described any move to help her as giving the children’s food to house-dogs. The woman stood her ground and was not discouraged by the strong language used by Jesus. She felt she deserved a chance and Jesus gave her that chance.
Reflecting on Jesus’ first reaction, it was a total write-off. She could have easily felt offended and walked away. If it were me, I could have felt so angry and humiliated that I would not like to have anything to do with him again. It is a big challenge to be nice to somebody who speaks rudely to me. How open am I to that person or situation I am finding difficult to deal with? Will I resolve today to give that person another try?
In the midst of my everyday wrong choices, God does not and will not give up on me. In the same way I am called to imitate God, in being more accommodating and empathetic. Am I convinced that God can still intervene in every situation, even when it seems hopeless? Like the woman in the Gospel, I should not give up. God is fully aware of it and taking care of it in his own way.