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Aren’t All Churches The Same?

Why Catholic – Testimony of Steve Ray

 Peter, the Rock, the Keys, and the Chair – Steve Ray  

 
  
 
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Reflection
 

In a world in which those who are perceived as different seem to be at greater risk, God invites us to break down the boundaries that separate us from others. As we gather today, let us make this house, God’s house, truly a house of prayer for all peoples.

“Jesus belongs to Everyone”

A pagan woman takes the initiative to approach Jesus with her request, even though she doesn’t belong to the Jewish people. She’s an upset mother in anguish because her daughter is «tormented by a demon». She comes to Jesus shouting: «Lord, Son of David, take pity on me». Our Lord’s first reaction is surprising, even dismissive. He doesn’t seem to listen to her. In his mind, the hour has not yet come to bring the Good News of God to the pagans. But since the woman keeps insisting, he explains his reluctance: «I was sent only to the lost sheep of the House of Israel».

Still the woman doesn’t give up. Prepared to overcome every difficulty and resistance, in a bold gesture she prostrates at Jesus’ feet, stopping him in his tracks, and on her knees she just shouts out: «Lord, help me». Jesus’ response is unusual and rather shocking. Though in that age the Jews called the pagans «dogs» without blinking an eye, his words sound offensive to our ears: «It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to little dogs». Taking up his image the quick-witted woman dares to correct him from her point of view: «Ah yes, Lord; but even little dogs eat the scraps that fall from their masters’ table».

This woman’s courageous attitude is admirable and points to the future. Surely at the Father’s table everyone can be fed: the children of Israel and also the pagan dogs. At first Jesus seems to be concerned only for the «lost sheep» of Israel… but then she too is a «lost sheep». The One Sent by God cannot belong to the Jews only. Jesus needs to belong to everyone and be

for everyone. This he warmly accepts when faced by the woman’s faith.

In the end, the Lord’s response reveals both his humility and his greatness: «Woman, you have great faith! Let your desire be granted». This woman discovers that God’s mercy doesn’t exclude anyone. The Good Father is above the ethnic and religious barriers that we humans have set up. Jesus recognizes the woman as a believer though she lives in a pagan religion. He even finds in her «great faith», not the small faith of his disciples whom he’s more than once called «you of little faith». Anyone can come to Jesus confidently. He can recognize people’s faith even if they live outside the Church. They will always find in him a Friend and a Teacher of life. We Christians need to rejoice that even today Jesus keeps drawing so many people who live outside of the Church. Our Lord is bigger than our institutions. He keeps doing much good, even for those who have apparently left off attending church.  ​By: José Antonio Pagola
 

Gospel: Matthew 15:21-28

“Jesus helps a persistent woman and praises her faith​”
Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon. ” But he did not answer her at all.
 
His disciples came and urged him, saying, “Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us. ” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. ” But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me. ” He answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs. ” She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table. ” Then Jesus answered her, “Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish. ” And her daughter was healed instantly.
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