FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
FEBRUARY 11, 2021 OUR LADY OF LOURDES
Thursday – Week Five
WORD of the DAY
Jesus went to the district of Tyre. He entered a house and wanted no one to know about it,
but he could not escape notice. Soon a woman whose daughter had an unclean spirit heard about him. She came and fell at his feet. The woman was a Greek, a Syro-phoenician by birth, and she begged him to drive the demon out of her daughter. He said to her, “Let the children be fed first. For it is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs.” She replied and said to him, “Lord, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s scraps.” Then he said to her, “For saying this, you may go. The demon has gone out of your daughter.” When the woman went home, she found the child lying in bed and the demon gone. (Mark 7: 24 -30)
How shall I live this Word?
While Jesus is beyond the Jordan, in the region of Tyre, a local woman approaches Him to ask Him to free her daughter from the presence of the devil. It is not the first time that Jesus finds Himself in front of a mother or a father worried about the fate of their son or daughter. But it is the first time that Jesus appears visibly irritated and unwilling to grant what is asked of Him. His words would seem to be in clear contradiction with the mission of “savior of the world”. What did Jesus mean? We can certainly exclude that He wanted to express a nationalist idea, in the mold of what we are getting used to hearing from the politicians of our time! I don’t think Jesus can be taken as a model by those who love to build walls. In His words, I believe, there is the need to recall, instead, the methodology of mission, according to which one can reach far away only by first awakening the faith of neighbors. It is in the moment in which the people regain the awareness of being “God’s people” that the announcement of the Kingdom and the gift of salvation can be truly welcomed.
What is the point of praying for unity and peace in the world if we do not live united and in peace with the people around us? Lord, give us the strength to take care of relationships with those close to us so that even those who are far away can benefit from them. We ask you through the intercession of Mary, your mother and ours, whom we remember today with the title of Blessed Virgin of Lourdes. So be it.
The Voice of Mother Teresa of Calcutta
What can you do to promote peace in the world? Go home and love your family.
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