Dear Parishioner

We, the people living in the 21st century, communicate with one another all day long. We communicate through phone messages, Face Book, Messenger, email etc.

But are we in communion with one another? Communication is not the same as communion. If we sometimes have communication problems, is it not because we have problems in being in communion? And if it is difficult to remain in communion with one another, is it not because we are not in communion with God through daily prayer and by listening to His Word? And if we are not in communion with God how can we hope to live in communion with one another?

If we go to Sunday Mass only when we feel like it, no surprise that God does not manifest His presence nor help us. 

Many people say that God does not answer their prayer and they begin to doubt that He really cares…but do we pray every day with faith, hope and love?  Do you open the Gospel every morning to listen to his word and find inspiration there? The truth is that we lack a true faith in Christ and God if we do not adore God every day and raise our concerns to Him with a trusting heart.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus at first does not seem to listen to the pressing plea of the pagan woman who had a daughter tormented by a devil.

(…) A Canaanite woman… started shouting, ‘Sir, Son of David, take pity on me. My daughter is tormented by a devil.’ But he answered her not a word. And his

disciples went and pleaded with him. ‘Give her what she wants,’ they said ‘because she is shouting after us.’ He said in reply, ‘I was sent only to the lost sheep of the House of Israel.’ But the woman had come up and was kneeling at his feet. ‘Lord,’ she said ‘help me.’ He replied, ‘It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the house-dogs.’ She

retorted, ‘Ah yes, sir; but even house-dogs can eat the scraps that fall from their master’s table.’ Then Jesus answered her, ‘Woman, you have great faith. Let your wish be granted.’ And from that moment her daughter was well again.” (Matt 15:22-28)

We see that because of her perseverance in faith Jesus granted the mother the deliverance of her daughter and even congratulated her for her great faith.

 

Fr.Antoine

 

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