Fifth Week in Ordinary Time

Jesus cured the sick who lay on mats outside in hope of touching a tassel on His cloak. When a Gentile begged Jesus to heal her daughter, He compared her request to giving children’s food to the dogs—an analogy that self-righteous Israelites would have applauded. The woman persisted, saying that even dogs get table scraps dropped by children, and Jesus worked the miracle. Scribes and Pharisees noticed that Jesus’ disciples skipped ritual handwashing before meals. On the other hand, the hypocritical leaders allowed pledging donations to the Temple treasury and using the nonbinding pledges as an excuse to ignore parents’ needs in disregard of God’s Commandment to honor father and mother. Of all God’s favors, how often do we ask for greater purity of heart?