15 August 2020



OF THE GOSPEL (Matthew 15:21-28)

1. Having met with rejection from the Pharisees, Jesus goes to Gentile territory and encounters unexpected faith in the Canaanite woman. His mission had previously been to his own people, so this now adds a new dimension to his mission. Have you had occasions when a chance encounter set your life off in a new direction?

2. The initial reaction of Jesus to the woman was one of rejection, but her persistence won a response from him. When have you found that persistence was needed to gain what you sought? What did that experience teach you?

3. In our days, welcoming the stranger is a challenge – we are more comfortable with our own. What difference has it made when you were able to offer a friendly, welcoming face to a stranger?

4. Who are the ‘Canaanite women’ who call out for attention today – people in Church or State whose needs are not being attended to?

- John Byrne OSA, Intercom August 2020

Almighty and everlasting God, You have taken up body and soul into the
heavenly glory the Immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of Your Son: Grant, we  
beseech You, that, ever intent upon heavenly things, we may be worthy to be

partakers of her glory. Through Jesus Christ Your Son, our Lord, who lives
and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen.