Daily Mass Readings for Wednesday of the 18th Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 2
- First Reading – Jeremiah 31:1-7: “The LORD has delivered his people, the remnant of Israel.”
- Responsorial Psalm – Jeremiah 31: “The Lord will guard us as a shepherd guards his flock.”
- Gospel – Matthew 15:21-28: “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.”
In today’s gospel, a Samaritan woman asks Jesus to heal her daughter. When Jesus seems to hesitate, she shows perseverance and her request is granted.
Sometimes we expect an immediate answer to our prayers. We won’t always understand the reason when we don’t get it. Perhaps the timing is wrong or perhaps something else. But we must continue to say “Lord, help me” and trust in God’s goodness.
Lord, help me. I need you everyday in my life. Sometimes you don’t give me the answer I am looking for me. I will continue to turn to you. Amen.
From Bishop Robert Barron. A long tradition stresses the perseverance of the Canaanite woman we meet in today’s Gospel. But I want to emphasize the reading conditioned by the “other.”
God calls us together and makes us one. We are not spectators or observers. We are children.