St. Christopher the Martyr Catholic Church
309  Manson Avenue, Metairie, Louisiana 70001
Phone:  504-837-8214
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“O woman, great is your faith!
Let it be done for you as you wish.”
Matthew 15:21-28
Focus on the Gospel
August 20, Twentieth Sunday In Ordinary Time
       Jesus speaks to the Canaanite (gentile) woman who approached Him for help in a way we
might consider harsh.  She would not be deterred by His initial rebuff.  She persisted because she
wanted help for her daughter.  Jesus noted that He was sent to the house of Israel that failed to
recognize Him as the Messiah because of unfounded expectations.  He sees in a non-Israelite woman
the faith that was lacking in the house of Israel.  The woman had no such expectations.  She had a
personal encounter with Jesus; she saw what He did and believed what He said.  She knew she
could turn to Him and He could help her daughter.  Jesus proclaims that she is a person of great
faith and her wish will be fulfilled.  What is the nature of our faith in Jesus?  Unfounded expectations
that are an obstacle to true belief in Him, or a personal relationship with Him as Messiah and Lord?  
Will Jesus tell us, “Great is your faith.  Let it be done for you as you wish”?
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need, in accord with his glorious riches in
Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:19
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