9th August 2019 Friday 18th Week of Ordinary Time - St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
Deuteronomy 4:32-40, Matthew 16:24-28
“Yes to a Life of Love”
Jesus, in today’s Gospel, shatters all our self-centred ways and calls us to renounce ourselves, take up our cross and follow Him. This is a call to set aside our lens of ‘I, me, mine’ and to enter into the dynamism of forgetting ourselves and looking at the needs of others instead. This is the paradox of discipleship. If we want to gain, we must learn to lose.
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.