07 August 2019. Wednesday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Reflection (Sem. Peter Collin C. Cristostomo)
Persistence is defined as doing something even though it is difficult and others want you to stop. This is the attitude of the Canaanite woman that we can learn from our Gospel for today. That, whatever it takes, even if her pride will be stepped in, or others would try to stop her, she does not lose hope for the sake of her daughter.
This is the challenge for me by the Gospel: to be persistent in everything I do for the sake of the One that I love, Jesus. I know that as a priest-in-process, this value is of very important because it will help me in my future ministry of shepherding the flock. The formation helps me to be persistent in bringing them close to Jesus.
For now, I need to improve in this value because there are times when I could easily forget to prioritize Him. I tend give more priority to material things. I forget that He alone suffices. I realize that He is the first One who waits for me, and despite my age, He still called me to serve Him. I need to emulate the attitude of the Canaanite woman, that whatever it takes, I need to persevere for the One who called and loved me first, which is Jesus.
A seminary jargon resonates in me, “Plunge lang!”, which is a call for me to be persevering in doing whatever it takes for the vocation. It inspires me to give my best for the glory of God and the good of others. It is not simply a matter of doing things, but of doing them with meaning and direction (cf. Christus Vivit, 257b).
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.