And Jesus went from thence, and retired into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon. And behold a woman of Canaan who came out of those coasts, crying out, said to him: Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David: my daughter is grieviously troubled by the devil. Who answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying: Send her away, for she crieth after us: And he answering, said: I was not sent but to the sheep that are lost of the house of Israel. But she came and adored him, saying: Lord, help me.
Who answering, said: It is not good to take the bread of the children, and to cast it to the dogs. But she said: Yea, Lord; for the whelps also eat of the crumbs that fall from the table of their masters. Then Jesus answering, said to her: O woman, great is thy faith: be it done to thee as thou wilt: and her daughter was cured from that hour.
Dear Father how much we learn from this very simple act to help those who are not part of our faith circle. That should anyone come to us and ask for our help we should give it gladly. As Jesus had asked a question of this woman, her simple reply showed how great her faith is. Can we see the faith of those who come asking for help too. When we go to Jesus ourselves, is our faith as simple and great.
Many of us have an abundant supply of goods, yet we don't always share what we have. Or we are meager at best in giving out our leftovers. With faith when we give, we feed and clothe those who have less but in this act of giving we are doing it for God and in imitation of our Lord Jesus Christ. We bring healing to their wounded souls and bring the presence of Christ into their lives.
May our faith be ever stronger to do what we are all called to do, to love our neighbor and give generously our faith and our resources to those who have been lost and abandoned in a material world. Amen