CATHOLIC HOMILIES: 20TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR A)
HOMILY THEME: Woman, you have great faith.
BY: Fr. Patrick
HOMILY: Gospel: Mt 15:21-28
My dear friends you’d have to admire the tenacity of the woman in our Gospel. Being a Canaanite, that of a different culture and religion to Jesus, didn’t stop her getting what she wanted. She got over any inhibitions she might have had in approaching Jesus and his disciples (her humility).
When first referring to Jesus as, “Sir, son of David” didn’t solicit any response she called him “Lord”. We can see her faith being drawn out as to who she believed Jesus was, just a man, “sir” or God and hence “Lord”, someone who was able to heal her daughter. When he said to her he had come to the lost sheep of the House of Israel she persisted, that others can also have faith and share in God’s blessing (achieving this with the help of her humour). The result is she acquired healing for her daughter.
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My friends the woman in this Gospel story teaches us the importance of several values:
firstly, the essential requirement of perseverance and persistence;
secondly, the need for humility;
thirdly, the value of humour; and
fourthly, the necessity of faith.
Having an abundance of these four values in our lives are essential for good healthy and life-giving relationships at home, at work and with our God.
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