Wednesday, August 5, 2009

In Your Face Faith

O woman, great is your faith! Matthew 15:28 What faith did the woman have? Certainly it can't have been very well developed. All that she knew about Jesus would have come from reports she heard from travelers passing through her town on their way north from Palestine. She can hardly have known much about Jesus. If she showed up in a parish today, the pastor would steer her into the RCIA program where she could get some instruction. But what little faith the woman had, she put to good use. She shouted at Jesus in the street, to get his attention. She told him just what she wanted him to do for her. And she wouldn't take no for an answer. Hers was a real in-your=face faith. And that's what Jesus liked about it. He liked that face-to-face confrontation with her. Undoubtedly, he'd like that kind of face-to-face confrontation with you and me, too. By Kevin Perrotta for Living Faith

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