Crumbs
August 14, 2020
51. Week of Second Sunday after Epiphany - Monday
Syrophenician woman
          He that believes shall not make haste.   Isaiah28:16
          When Jesus' activity in Galilee was at an end, He went with His disciples into the parts of Tyre and Sidon, cities of Syrophenicia. And behold, a Canaanite woman, a heathen, cried to Him, saying: "Have mercy on me, O Lord, son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil." But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and implored Him, saying: "Send her away for she cries after us." But He answered and said: "I am only sent to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." In Israel, and not among the heathen, Jesus was to manifest Himself through miracles while sojourning visibly on earth. But the woman came and worshipped Him, saying: "Lord, help me." But He answered and said: "It is not right to take the children's bread, and to cast it to the dogs." And she said: "Truth, Lord; yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters'table." Then Jesus answered and said to her, O woman, great is your faith: be it done for you even as you will. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour. (Matt.15:21-28.)
          "He that believes shall not make haste." Call upon Jesus in every trouble of body and soul. Ask Him for every deliverance in time and eternity. When He pretends not to hear you, and when He upbraids you on account of your unworthiness, and your conscience says it is so, then do not make haste and flee from Him. Your faith must not be based on your worthiness, but on Christ's mercy pledged you in His Word. Plead that, and continue in prayer. He cannot deny Himself - His mercy and His Word. He will give you what you desire. "He that believes shall not make haste."
          PRAYER: - O Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, Your great tender mercy so often appears as harshness toward us who believe and set our hope in You. Nevertheless, You are our Father and Redeemer; Your name is from everlasting. Grant that I may learn to know You aright, taking You at Your Word, and when in temptation and affliction You contend with me, grant me grace to conquer You, yes, You, in exulting faith and in the end to feel that You are with me. Hear me, O Saviour, for the sake of Your most trustworthy loving-kindness. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 14, 2020