Thursday, February 8, 2018

Gospel Thoughts Today: A Woman of Great Faith

A woman of great faith . . . I know quite a few. But one stands out in particular. She is facing a challenging diagnosis, one causing physical limitations which are a daunting task. Despite these inconvenient symptoms, her faith is remarkably intact. She tries to stay positive and involved. After reading the Gospel below, I am struck at the connection between faith and unfavorable circumstances. It takes incredible insight and bravery to ask Our Lord for a miracle. But if we don't ask (and accept His Answer), how can we ever stay focused on our salvation? On showing others how great our faith is, even in times of great sorrow/grief? Well, my friend is a beacon of light for me. Her love of Christ and strong Catholic faith is what I strive to emulate. Only through an authentic love of God can we face whatever is thrown our way . . . and face it with grace.

Today's Gospel (Mark 7:24-30) demonstrates yet another miracle when Jesus's omnipotence is not in question:

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.

In Volume Three, our Blessed Mother lovingly inspires us to trust in her Son:

"But I promise you, if you let us work in you, you will see accomplishments you never dreamed would be associated with yourself. This is a time for great confidence. This is a time for great faith. And this is a time when great trust is necessary. Ask for these graces and these graces will be yours."

Lay apostles, what challenges are you facing today? Are your crosses too heavy to carry right now? Ask for the graces Our Lady encourages above. Even if it is just to get through this next day, next hour, next minute.

Thank you, Lord, for allowing challenges in my life in order to see the beauty of faith in You with all those You have placed in my life.

God bless

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