「Spiritual Talk」Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Fr. Anthony Ho

Date: 2020-08-15
Audio Segment Types: Spiritual Talk
Languages: Cantonese

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This weekend, the Church celebrates the Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time and today’s Gospel reading comes from Matthew 15:21-28, which describes the exorcism of the Canaanite woman’s daughter. The woman begged Jesus to heal her daughter and at first, Jesus was silent and said He was sent to save the Jews, but after the woman persisted, He agreed and freed her daughter from demonic control. The Canaanite woman is a model of prayer, not doubting whether Jesus was able to help her daughter but remained faithful, three times calling Jesus Lord, and persisting until she had reached her goal. She was also humble and not afraid to be called a dog, replying that even dogs eat of the scraps that fall from the master’s table. The PATH of prayer has four important elements: (P)ersistence, which enables us to deepen our relationship with God daily like eating and exercising; (A)ttention, which makes us focus on what we are saying to whom; (T)rust, which opens our hearts to accept the graces of God even when we do not obtain what we would like; and (H)umility, which teaches us how much we helpless humans rely on the aid of almighty God.