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Gospel Reflection

Rosie Crisman ’20

At first blush, this reading may seem uncomfortable or unsettling—it was for me. The Canaanite woman appears to be an outsider, one compared to a dog scrounging after scraps underneath the table. However, upon closer reading, we see many fruits in her interaction with Jesus—fruits that, when reflected upon, can nurture and deepen our relationship with the Lord. 

The woman, considered outside of “the lost sheep of the house of Israel,” is not immediately aided by Jesus or his disciples. However, she does not give up hope and instead continues to approach the Lord and trust in his mercy. She humbles herself before him, leading Jesus to pronounce her one of great faith.

What can this teach us about our relationship with the Lord? It is so easy for us to face setbacks and immediately lose faith and trust in him. We may regress in our prayer lives, plagued by aridity and weakness of spirit, convinced that our prayers and petitions remain unanswered. Nevertheless, it is in our moments of weakness that we can begin again and continue forward on our life-long path of conversion.

We can use St. John Vianney as a wonderful example of spiritual perseverance. He struggled with his studies growing up and was told by his instructors he could not ascend to the priesthood. Against all odds, he was ordained in 1815 and shortly became one of the greatest confessors in Church history—sometimes remaining in the confessional for up to 16 hours, subsisting on boiled potatoes and several hours of disturbed sleep. Now a great saint, St. John Vianney should motivate us all, regardless of perceived status or capability, to have an abundant faith in God’s mercy and love.   

Let us ask Jesus today to make us more humble, more persevering, and more confident in his mercy.

Saint of the Day

St. John Vianney, you were the famous confessor and patron saint of parish priests, pray for us!