August 9, 2017
Wednesday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Optional Memorial of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
The Gospel Today
Matthew 15: 21-28
At that time Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon.
And behold, a Canaanite woman of that district came and called out,
“Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David!
My daughter is tormented by a demon.”
But he did not say a word in answer to her.
His disciples came and asked him,
“Send her away, for she keeps calling out after us.”
He said in reply,
“I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
But the woman came and did him homage, saying, “Lord, help me.”
He said in reply,
“It is not right to take the food of the children
and throw it to the dogs.”
She said, “Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps
that fall from the table of their masters.”
Then Jesus said to her in reply,
“O woman, great is your faith!
Let it be done for you as you wish.”
And her daughter was healed from that hour.
REFLECTION (Sem. John Mark Dela cruz)
Perseverance means being steadfast in doing something despite the difficulty or delay in achieving success. This requires strong determination to attain one’s desire.
When a child learns to stand up and attempts to walk, he falls down again and again. But never did he lose hope. He stands up repeatedly even after another fall. In his determination, he will successfully learn to walk. The same thing happened to us, when we were children.
In spite of our repeated failures, we cannot bow in defeat if we have perseverance. We must try again and again and will eventually get what we desire.
A persevering person has sheer determination, the spirit for hard work and the energy to continue until he achives his desires.
Perseverance is a factor of success. Without this, achievement and accomplishment are impossible. A learned man without perseverance will never succeed but any man can succeed in life through his perseverance. Perseverance will always yield good results.