7th August 2019 Wednesday 18th Week of Ordinary Time
Numbers 13,1-2, 25, 14:1,26-29,34-35, Matthew 15:21-28
“Great is your Faith!”
The Canaanite woman trusted that Jesus could heal her daughter and make her well again. Finally, when Jesus did say something to her, and it turned out to be not what she expected, she continued to look at Him with hope and trust. Jesus, seeing her unwavering faith, praised her and answered her request.
5th August 2019 Monday 18th Week of Ordinary Time - The Dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary Major
Numbers 11:4-15, Matthew 14:13-21
“Bring them to Me”
Isn’t this situation familiar to us? We look at the little that we have and conclude with frustration and discouragement that we do not have enough, we are not worthy to try, we cannot attempt to do so, etc. Can our five loaves and two fish do any good?
Listen to Jesus - “Bring them here to me.” The disciples brought their five loaves and two fish, and Jesus fed the huge crowd. Let us trust that Jesus can and will work miracles through the little that we give to Him.
3rd August 2019 Saturday 17th Week of Ordinary Time
Leviticus 25:1,8-17, Matthew 14:1-12
“A voice shouting in the desert”
Like John the Baptist, there are many people, from the past to the present, who have sacrificed their lives because they have chosen to rock the boats of many. They shout in the desert of our society and move the conscience of many. In their fight for justice and truth, a majority of these people end up, silenced, like St. John the Baptist.