Sunday Reflection • Reflexión Dominical

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle A)

The gospel we read this Sunday presents us an example of faith: the Canaanite woman who pleads insistently for Jesus to heal her daughter. In the words of Benedict XVI, “The apparent aloofness of Jesus … did not discourage the Canaanite woman who persisted: “Lord, help me”. And she did not even desist when she received an answer that would seem to have extinguished any hope: “it is not fair to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs”. She had no wish to take anything from anyone; in her simplicity and humility a little was enough for her, crumbs sufficed, no more than a look, a kind word from the Son of God.”

The Holy Father goes on to say: “we too are called to grow in faith, to open ourselves in order to welcome God’s gift freely, to have trust and also to cry to Jesus “give us faith, help us to find the way!” This is the way that Jesus made his disciples take, as well as the Canaanite woman and men and women of every epoch and nation and each one of us.”

Let us ask the Lord to give us a strong faith, one that only needs to hear His word to trust in Him. God bless you!

 

 

Domingo 20º del Tiempo Ordinario (Ciclo A)

El evangelio que leemos hoy nos presenta un ejemplo de fe: la cananea que insistentemente ruega a Jesús la curación de su hijita. En palabras de Benedicto XVI, “El aparente desinterés de Jesús… no desalienta a la cananea, que insiste: «¡Señor, ayúdame!». E incluso cuando recibe una respuesta que parece cerrar toda esperanza —«No está bien tomar el pan de los hijos y echárselo a los perritos»—, no desiste. No quiere quitar nada a nadie: en su sencillez y humildad le basta poco, le bastan las migajas, le basta sólo una mirada, una buena palabra del Hijo de Dios”.

Y prosigue el Santo Padre: “también nosotros estamos llamados a crecer en la fe, a abrirnos y acoger con libertad el don de Dios, a tener confianza y gritar asimismo a Jesús: «¡Danos la fe, ayúdanos a encontrar el camino!». Es el camino que Jesús pidió que recorrieran sus discípulos, la cananea y los hombres de todos los tiempos y de todos los pueblos, cada uno de nosotros”.

Roguemos al Señor que nos conceda una fe fuerte, a la que le baste solo su palabra para confiar. ¡Que Dios los bendiga!

 

 

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