Thursday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Thursday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time

February 13, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry 


1 Kings 11:4-13

Psalm 106:3-4, 35-36, 37-40

Mark 7:24-30

Today’s Gospel tells the story of the woman who seeks healing for her daughter, who had been entered by a demon, though she is not a Jew.  Jesus’ first response is, “Let the children be fed first.  For it is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs.”  The woman replied with a feisty, “Lord, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s scraps.”  And to this, Jesus replied that, for having challenging Him, He had called the demon from her daughter.  Sure enough, when she arrived home, the girl was lying in bed and the demon was gone.

Can it be the Jesus’ first response is not always His best?  Another woman seeking His aid received a similar first response.  Yet with a little thought, Jesus is able to respond in a manner, not shackled to the culture of His “tribe.”  Remember, the woman was not a Jew.

Sisters and brothers, we can learn much from watching Jesus in action here.  For example, when faced by the “illegal immigrant,” the person on death row, or the politician from the “Dark Side” (whatever that side may be,) how are we to respond as disciples of Christ?  People who go by the name “Christian,” who can claim to want to spread the Good News of the Gospel, and who yearn for greater integrity in our lives? 

The Holy Season of Lent begins in thirteen days.  It is a good time to seek the Holy Spirit’s illumination on our first responses that need to be followed quickly by a second response.  Is this risky?  Yes, perhaps.  We may have to give up our long held opinions or comfortable judgments.  But then, what would Jesus do?

Question of the Day:  Will you allow the Holy Spirit to lead you in seeing people of different backgrounds with the eyes of Jesus our Lord?

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, let Your grace supply everything that I lack.



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