Weekend Reflections for 8/15/14
Persistence in Prayer
By Fr. Ralph Huse, S.J.
"A Canaanite woman of that district came and called out, 'Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter is tormented by a demon.' ... But the woman came and did Jesus homage, saying, 'Lord, help me.' ... Then Jesus said to her in reply, 'O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.' And the woman's daughter was healed from that hour." (Matthew 15:22,25,28)
The Canaanite woman (just like the blind beggar Bartimaeus) kept crying out to Jesus, "Son of David, have pity on me!" Her daughter was suffering terribly and so was she because of it. She's tried everyone else; she has nothing left to lose, not her reputation, her pride, her resources - only her dear daughter and she means everything to her. She's desperate and won't be refused or denied, even when Jesus initially seems unmoved. She teaches us persistence in prayer. Is our faith strong enough to keep asking and trusting that we will be heard? Am I open to a loving response that might be different from the one I expect? We might ask for healing and be given the strength to accept what is. All is somehow gift.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THOSE ON RETREAT THIS WEEK AS WELL AS OUR DECEASED RETREATANTS.
White House is looking for men and women to join our Captain's Ministry. A captain helps to spread the message of White House throughout their parish and various social circles. They recruit others to attend and organize an annual retreat group. If you would like to get involved in this very rewarding ministry, please call Joe Parisi at 314-416-6400.
UPCOMING RETREATS WITH SPACE:
Men: 8/21, 9/11, 9/15, 9/18, 9/25, 9/29
Women: 9/8, 10/6, 11/17