Tuesday, August 12, 2014
by Sister Paulette Hupfauf
The scriptures this Sunday display differing aspects of Jesus' ministry.
Isaiah says, "Observe what is right, do what is just for my salvation is about to come. Foreigners join themselves to the Lord… will be acceptable on my altar, for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all my people."
Then in Matthew we hear the story of Jesus and the Canaanite woman (a foreigner) begging for healing for her daughter. Initially, the disciples suggest to Jesus that he send her away. It is the determination of the woman, who says, "Lord, help me." Jesus says, "O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish." Her daughter was healed.
What a great example the Canaanite woman is for us! She persists as she has great faith that Jesus is kind and merciful. She does not give up in adversity. When we have a need and ask Jesus in prayer, we can follow her example and, with determination, persist. Our God is a loving God!
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