The Commission

I picked the readings for my husband's and my wedding over 38 years ago. He sort of gave me that honor, I'll say. The Gospel passage I chose for the presiding priest to proclaim during our wedding Mass was entitled in my Bible, "The Great Commission." I thought, "Well, how perfect! I'm marrying a U.S. … Continue reading The Commission

Trust in God: Thy Will Be Done

My latest entry is up today at the Women In The New Evangelization (WINE) blog! It's been a while since I've contributed. Their Wednesday entries are short and sweet! No more than 300 words! It's hard for me because, if you follow my blog, I can 'go on' for a wee bit! But this limit … Continue reading Trust in God: Thy Will Be Done

An old tune with new words

https://youtu.be/yazxxkbSkZE This beautiful song that many may recognize (the tune anyway) as "Danny Boy" has some wonderful new lyrics that I find very moving. And the singer, Krysten Getty, is quite gifted. Give it a listen and remember that, on this St. Patrick's Day as any other, a good old Irish melody and some poignant … Continue reading An old tune with new words

St. Valentine’s Day

In honor of Valentine’s Day and World Day of Marriage (on Sunday), I decided to contemplate this very famous verse from Paul’s 1st Letter to the Corinthians. I’m sure you’ve heard it if you’ve ever attended a Christian wedding. It’s often one of the readings. And it’s easy to see why. It’s a beautiful bit … Continue reading St. Valentine’s Day

Scraps from the table…

Today’s reading in the Church’s liturgical year is from Mark’s Gospel, not Matthew’s, but it’s a version of the same account. Mark identifies the woman as Syro-Phoenician; Matthew as Canaanite. She is both. The first description is about her nationality; the latter is her ethnicity. But the main point is, she is not Jewish like Jesus…Please open and read for more! God bless you.

Drowning in Lemonade

In the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 15, verses 21-28, we read of the faith of the Canaanite woman. She begs Jesus to deliver her daughter from an evil spirit and the suffering it is causing her. Jesus explains that He came for the sake of “the lost sheep of Israel.” That seems rather harsh and also not the whole story as Jesus helps more than one person who is not from the House of Israel. I think his reply has more to do with His foreknowledge that she’s a woman who is clever, has her wits about her, and that she is obviously a woman of great faith in Jesus’ power to defeat evil.

The proof of Jesus’ knowledge of the Canaanite woman’s quick wittedness is in her response to His remark about who He came to save. He uses the example of masters withholding the food meant for their…

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