She said, “Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their masters.” Then Jesus said to her in reply, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And the woman’s daughter was healed from that hour.
In this weekend’s Gospel story of the Canaanite woman, we see how Jesus responds when someone—whether Jew or Gentile—shows faith in him, for God wishes all to be saved! This story confirms the words of the prophet Isaiah in the first reading, “for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.” In Greek, the word ‘Catholic’ means ‘according to the whole.’ In other words, our religion is one of universal tradition and broad membership, uniting peoples across the globe in one Faith and one Spirit. Although Flushing and Montrose are close-knit communities, let us warmly welcome whoever comes through our church doors to worship with us. God continues to call all people; let us make ready to receive them.
May God bless and keep you all! – Fr. Gordon