Reflections and Perspectives

Welcome! Reflections, Testimonials, and Perspectives for St. Mary Magdalen are offered by our priests, deacons, parishioners, and others as guest writers. We will offer a Sunday Reflection as well as other topics. 

  • Deacon Anthony Cincotta

Wednesday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Memorial Feast: Saint John Vianney (1786-+1859)—Patron Saint of Priests

Book of Numbers 13:1-2, 25-14:1, 26a, 34-35, Psalm 106: 6-7, 13-14, 21-22, 23,

& Matthew 15:21-28

'Jesus and the Woman of Canaan' by Michael Angelo Immenraet, circa 1673-1678

Sacred Scripture is most definitely the Word of God; however, we must approach the readings with reflection and insight to discover the hidden treasure contained within it. Today's Gospel narrative, for example, seems clear yet is holds several levels of meaning.

The seemingly negative manner that Jesus uses toward the Canaanite woman is a little surprising; however, I maintain that we only touch the surface if that is all we recognize. Our Lord seems to challenge, even argue with the woman, yet we could conclude that what He is doing is testing her to draw her out. One hint is that the word He uses for "dogs" is diminutive. I do not believe He is putting her off, just calling on her to be clear about her level of faith.

Interestingly, He doesn't act this way with men or even with Jews, although he stresses the importance of our prayerful insistence in Luke 11:6-9, where He uses the story of the man seeking bread from his neighbor in the middle of the night. It could be that He finds the women, a pagan, to be more receptive, more hungry for what He has to offer.

I will close today's reflection with a few questions to consider. Does it seem like God is ignoring me, refusing me, or maltreating me? Or, is He lovingly asking me to deal with what He has put in front of me? Maybe, like a teacher, He insists that I firmly grasp the basics before He can deal with my (sometimes) resistance?

Question(s) of the Day: See above.

Prayer: "Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people." (Psalm 106)



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