Thursday of the 5th week in the ordinary time of the year A

Theme: Humility and faith

The scenario presented to us from the gospel would have had a different outcome, if some of us were involved. This stems from the assertion of Jesus, by way of response to the Syrophoenician woman who came to request for the healing of her sick daughter. Some of us would have seen the statement of Jesus differently and get angry. But the woman remained humble and continued to engage Jesus in faith. Her response impressed Jesus and her request was granted immediately by Jesus and her daughter was restored to health. One thing that is very clear from the gospel encounter is the humility and faith of the woman, she knew what she wanted and did not allow the statement of Jesus to affect her. As Christians and children of God, it is important that we emulate the action of the Syrophoenician woman when we relate with God. She knew what she wanted and continued to push for it in humility. Also, the fact that Jesus responded to her need at the end, should be a source of great strength to all of us as children of God. Our God is loving and compassionate, whenever we show him that we trust and have faith in him, he never disappoints us.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, we serve a God that has all the answers and solutions that we seek, just humble yourself as you go before him to present your petition. Even that situation that you are presently going through in your life, present it to God in faith and allow him to guide you. There is nothing God cannot do, what God cannot do does not exist. He has the power to change the narrative of your life and bring back peace and joy into your life. No matter what the situation is at the moment, just present everything to God; simply put, let go and let God. When God takes control of that difficult situation in your life, the story is different and the outcome is always for your good. God does not fail or disappoint all those who trust in him. He cannot begin with your own situation. The question today is, do you believe God can write on crooked lines and everything will change for the better? All we need is faith and trust in God, in such a situation and he will not fail us.

As we continue to strive to serve God in humility and faith, may almighty God bless you in the name of the father and of the son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Peace be with you.

Thursday of the 5th week in the ordinary time, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp