5th Week in Ordinary Time

People could tell Jesus was in town when sick people lay on mats in the marketplace, hoping for healing if they could just touch the tassel of His cloak. Jesus knew that the “chosen people” felt favored by God. At the time, granting a Gentile woman’s request to heal her daughter would seem like throwing food meant for children to the dogs. The woman persisted, saying that even dogs get scraps dropped by the children. Jesus used actual meals as opportunities to minister, too. He multiplied seven loaves and a few fish to feed a huge crowd. At table with Pharisees and scribes, who pointed out that some of the Lord’s disciples skipped ritual hand washing, Jesus taught that what defiles comes from within a person. Of all God’s favors, how often do we ask for greater purity of faith?