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August 3 - Mt. 15: 21-28

Fr. Michael MachacekNativity of Our LordAugust 3, 2022

both of today's other readings come from Jeremiah 31

Not that a woman's life is ever easy, but the women of Biblical times had particularly challenging lives, as they lived in an extremely patriarchal society in which women were meant to be seen, and not heard.  

Fortunately we are blessed throughout the Bible, especially in the gospels, of the stories of women who did not care what society taught.  If there was a need, then they would make a way.  

Today's unnamed woman faced an additional obstacle.  She was also a foreigner, a Gentile.  But her need is great, having a daughter who is possessed by a demon.  

She makes her voice heard.  And she is persistent, even when she is initially dismissed by Jesus.  

There is much speculation as to why Jesus initially speaks to her as He does.  Some think that He was actually fascinated by her and His response is a test to see how badly she wants her daughter cured.  

Her response is brilliant - and Jesus is delighted.  Thus the girl is cured.  

Thank God that this woman's story was recorded for us to treasure.  Thank God for her example as well.  May the examples of all the holy women in the Bible inspire us.