Fifth Week in Ordinary Time

In the Old Testament, one kind of suffering after another befell Job, who did not hold back his distress when he prayed! (Job lived to see abundant blessings again.) Although not part of God’s “chosen people,” a Gentile woman wanted Jesus to cure her daughter. The Lord compared obliging her to giving food meant for children to the dogs. She asked again, begging for a “table scrap” of His help. (Jesus worked the miracle.) Some scribes and Pharisees asked Jesus why disciples of His skipped ritual handwashing before meals. Jesus brought up another rule, saying that qorban offerings to the Temple treasury allowed donors to use the funds for themselves but not for others. Multipying seven loaves and a few fish, Jesus fed a crowd of thousands. In prayer, do we ask God for what we desire but also pray to understand what He desires of us?