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Saturday, August 11, 2018

The Faith of the Syrophoenician Woman: Reflection by Cynthia Abegail

From there He set out and went away to the region of Tyre.  He entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was there.  Yet  he could not escape notice but a woman whose little daughter has an unclean spirit immediately heard about him, and she came and bowed down at his feet.  Now the woman was a Gentile of Syrophoenician origin.  She begged Him to cast out the demon out of her daughter.  He said to her, ‘Let the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.’  But she answered Him, Sir, even the dogs under the children’s table eat the children’s crumbs.  Then he said to her, ‘For saying that, you may go —-the demon has left your daughter.  So she went home, found the child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.  Mk 7: 24-30

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There are times, the Lord is looking for our faith—our faith in Him.     Just like the woman knocking on the judge many times, we have to knock on the Lord’s.  We have to show an unequivocal faith—- a sincere one that will melt His Heart.

Once, I was deeply crying for my son, just like St Monica weeping and praying for St Augustine.  Then, I was enlightened!  The Lord whispered in my ear, “Be not afraid.   I AM in control!   A light pierced my eye and my fear vanished.  Look, a Gentile taught us a great lesson in faith.  Be smart to ask and ask and knock and knock.  The Lord is near to the broken-hearted.  He never refuse a sincere prayer as long as it is for the good and according to His will.

Let us pray that God gifts us an intense faith that can move mountains.  Let us trust the Lord that no matter happens, He will be with us, carrying us, consoling us, loving us!  Let us hope for the positive in all things.  At the end of the day, our relationship with Him is of utmost importance beyond all of our relationships.

Cynthia Abegail

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