Sunday, the 20th week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday - Friday
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00 and 11:15am
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Bernard of Clairvaux
Readings for today’s Mass
There are different ways to look at our faith lives. It's one thing to have faith in God to watch over and protect us. There is faith in the gospel of Jesus for the sake of attaining eternal life. We often encourage others to have faith in themselves and in their God-given abilities to overcome an obstacle or achieve what seems an overwhelming task.
The Canaanite woman of the gospel offers yet another approach to faith. She had little going for her: she was an outsider, not a Jew and will be rejected - which, initially, she was. She was a Canaanite woman who had no business even talking to Jesus. And maybe Jesus had a long day, was tired and didn't want to deal with another needy person, explaining his attempt to withdraw from the region. Still, the woman's faith allowed her to be vulnerable before the crowd; to lay her cards of neediness on the table in front of everyone. And she received.
In your need, are you able to do that? Do you ever think of your faith as something that allows you to receive a blessing. In addition to asking, are you prepared to receive? It seems to have been part of the story of the Canaanite woman.