God Hears Our Prayers

Homily by Fr. Cellars

We continue hearing from the Gospel of St. Matthew these stories of a seemingly uncouth Jesus dealing with a Canaanite woman begging for help. This gospel, as well as many others in Matthew, leave the impression that our Lord was rather crass with those who were not faithful followers of the Law. We must understand that the Gospel of Matthew was written entirely for the Jewish community. What we read with our contemporary eyes may seem harsh in some ways, but to a practicing Jew in the 1ST Century it would have been completely understandable.

I assume none of us are practicing Jews. So, naturally we can read this gospel and imagine ourselves as that Canaanite woman begging our Lord for help. How often do we pray and pray for something and feel like God doesn’t hear us… worse that God won’t answer our prayers. My friends, God hears our prayers, and we know by faith that He does answer them, however it may not be the answer we sought or in the time frame we expected. All this reminds me of a Garth Brooks song…

My brothers and sisters, we are called to have faith. It isn’t enough though just to believe in God or in this man Jesus. “Faith is both a theological virtue given by God as grace, and an obligation which flows from the first commandment of God (CCC).” No matter our condition in life, we are called to have the faith of this woman. Hopefully, Jesus can say of us, “O [insert name], great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” God Love you!

 

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