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"Lord, Help Me... "
     Today we are presented with a strange Gospel. We are given a different view of Jesus and his hesitation to heal the womens daughter. It is defiantly a different Gospel, but not without a meaning that can apply to us all.

      The women who came to Jesus a Canaanite women. She was a Gentile. Not long ago Jesus strictly sent the 12 apostles out and told them to go to, "the lost sheep of the house of Israel." So this was a little predicament that Jesus has gotten into. The Canaanite didn't believe that their was a saviour to come-especially from the line of David.  They had their own strange gods and worshipped many for different things. So in the situation of todays Gospel, Jesus could be caught doing something he told them not to do.

      Their is an idea about Jesus behaviour in todays Gospel: that he basically said, "No" once to increase the faith of the women. Isn't it strange in a first place that this Canaanite women, multiple god believer comes to Jesus and says, " Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David" ? Some believe that it was Jesus calling her, from her life to increase her faith to be saved.

      How does Jesus increase her faith? By saying No.

      Jesus ignores this women after her first plea. He is not obliged to answer her plea. looking at the 'honour system' of that time because Jesus was an Israelite and she was a pagan-they were not equals. So, following the norm, Jesus ignores her.

     Again, the women pleas for his help. After, Jesus insults her, by calling her a dog, she replies with her own wit, "... even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table." and Jesus basically responds with  " Touché" and heals her daughter.

     I do not want to focus on Jesus in todays Gospel. I want to focus on the persistent women, who never gave up her plea to Jesus. She was determined to have Jesus answer her prayer, and she wasn't leaving without a yes.

     We need to imitate this women.

      This women has persistence. Persistence shows a sincere desire to that idea or belief. So when we pray with Persistence, we show a strong desire for that thing that we pray for to be answered. It shows that we have a strong bond and emotional feeling to that, and we ask God for healing, help, or guidance.

     So often we get tired of praying. We pray and pray and pray for something, but it seems like God isn't listening or answering. Well, he is listening, but is answer is, " Not right now." Like in the Gospel, Jesus First answer was no, but eventually healed the Canaanite women daughter.  God has a timing. He knows when things should be done, and what should happen and when. He designed the plan after all. We have to have strong faith in his plan and ask that he will continue to lead us down that path.

     May we come, believing in God and his plan, in persistent prayer- never ceasing. May we continue to pray because God is always patiently waiting with an attentive ear for us in prayer. God is waiting to hear our prayer.

     Like the women, who, even though was shut down and insulted continued with persistence for the healing of her daughter. May we come to God with persistence. With emotion and desire.  May we come, always trusting in God and believing in his words.

Have a great Sunday!


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