Today’s Gospel: Mark 7:24-30
The Syro-Phoenician woman was both bold and humble. She was an outsider, a non-Jew, and she was bold to even enter the house where Jesus was trying to escape notice. But when she found Jesus, she first humbled himself at His feet before gathering her courage to ask for healing for her daughter.
When Jesus at first appeared to reject her plea and even to slight her, she boldly replied – but her reply also showed her humility. She was not afraid to be compared to an animal who waited around for a crumb of wasted food. Not if this meant her daughter could be healed of the evil spirit that plagued her.
She was bold enough to be humble, to trust in Jesus’ healing power. She was bold enough to approach the Lord, because a mother with a sick child will stop at nothing to make sure that child gets whatever is necessary. That requires humble courage and bold humility. It requires the willingness to risk rejection and to persevere in spite of it.
Healing does not always come easy.
When I approach the Lord in prayer, am I both humble and bold?
Lord, help me to learn to be humble and bold when I pray. Grant me the strength to persevere and the meekness to accept Your will in all things.
Copyright 2019 Barb Szyszkiewicz, OFS
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