14 February 2019. Memorial of Saints Cyril, Monk, and Methodius, Bishop
Reflection (Sem. Ryan Tristan O. Digan)
In so many instances, I am sure we have heard great love stories. Our heroes became heroes because of their extraordinary love for our country. Our Saints, through their witness, manifested great love for God, for our faith and for our Church. On a romantic level, being loved by someone so dear to us gives us a delightful experience, a wonderful feeling. In our Gospel today, a mother who loved her daughter so much did everything she could to free her from an unclean spirit. Out of her deep love for her daughter, she accepted the “challenging statement” of Jesus and she persisted and humbled herself so that her daughter would be healed. Jesus did not disappoint her. Her daughter was liberated from the unclean spirit.
I remember my grandma who just turned 83 last month and my aunt who died twenty-two years ago. When my aunt was on her death bed, I would often hear my grandma telling her, “if we could just trade places, Ling, I would really do it for you to ease your pain. It is okay for me to suffer because I am already old, but in your case, your future is still wide and you can still do a lot of things.” This is love in its truest sense. The willingness to do everything for a great cause. Although, not like the story in the Gospel, my aunt died eventually but my grandma showed how it is to love and to serve.
Our Gospel challenges me to reflect on two things: first, my persistence to Jesus and my willingness to give up everything for a great cause – a sanctifying cause that is unconditional, and second, it tells me about Jesus who, at times seems to delay the favor we ask from Him just to test our faith in Him through our forbearance and humility.
The Gospel Today
Jesus went to the district of Tyre.
He entered a house and wanted no one to know about it,
but he could not escape notice.
Soon a woman whose daughter had an unclean spirit heard about him.
She came and fell at his feet.
The woman was a Greek, a Syrophoenician by birth,
and she begged him to drive the demon out of her daughter.
He said to her, “Let the children be fed first.
For it is not right to take the food of the children
and throw it to the dogs.”
She replied and said to him,
“Lord, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s scraps.”
Then he said to her, “For saying this, you may go.
The demon has gone out of your daughter.”
When the woman went home, she found the child lying in bed
and the demon gone.