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On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: August 3, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

We are His children, the sheep of His flock. And He seeks to bring back those who have wandered far from Him. Those who are lost.

There are many paths that lead to Him. And so even those who do not yet understand but in faith call out to our Lord Jesus, they too shall be heard. Their prayers answered. For it is not knowledge that saves is but faith and our response to His call to enter into a deep wonderful relationship with Him.

Jesus with an unwavering faith I declare my love for You. My Lord and my God. Amen

First reading
Jeremiah 31:1-7

I will be the God of all the clans of Israel– it is the Lord who speaks– they shall be my people.

The Lord says this:

They have found pardon in the wilderness, those who have survived the sword.

Israel is marching to his rest.

The Lord has appeared to him from afar: I have loved you with an everlasting love, so I am constant in my affection for you.

I build you once more; you shall be rebuilt, virgin of Israel.

Adorned once more, and with your tambourines, you will go out dancing gaily.

You will plant vineyards once more on the mountains of Samaria the planters have done their planting: they will gather the fruit.

Yes, a day will come when the watchmen shout on the mountains of Ephraim, ‘Up! Let us go up to Zion, to the Lord our God!’

For the Lord says this:

Shout with joy for Jacob!
Hail the chief of nations!
Proclaim! Praise! Shout:

‘The Lord has saved his people, the remnant of Israel!’

Matthew 15:21-28

Jesus left Gennesaret and withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. Then out came a Canaanite woman from that district and started shouting, ‘Sir, Son of David, take pity on me. My daughter is tormented by a devil.’ But he answered her not a word. And his disciples went and pleaded with him. ‘Give her what she wants,’ they said ‘because she is shouting after us.’ He said in reply, ‘I was sent only to the lost sheep of the House of Israel.’ But the woman had come up and was kneeling at his feet. ‘Lord,’ she said ‘help me.’ He replied, ‘It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the house-dogs.’ She retorted, ‘Ah yes, sir; but even house-dogs can eat the scraps that fall from their master’s table.’ Then Jesus answered her, ‘Woman, you have great faith. Let your wish be granted.’ And from that moment her daughter was well again.