In this life, no one has it all. We all have our fair share of problems, issues, fears, and troubles but our happiness depends on our focus. If we focus only on our problems and take our gaze away from God, we become like the Israelites in today’s first reading. We end of crying out our brains for nothing.
Dear friends, like the irritating cry of little children, there are times that our tears are plainly irritating to God. Irritating, not because God is not moved by tears but because in certain situations, God has already granted us the victory.
Twelve men were sent to spy the Promised Land, only two; Caleb and Joshua could see that their cup was half-FULL. They acknowledged their difficulty but they also saw potentials, they wanted the people to move in at once to conquer the land.
However the other ten, considered their cup as half-EMPTY. They acknowledged the good things in the land but were overwhelmed by the challenges ahead. They came back with a very bad report.
Sadly, it was two against ten. It shouldn’t surprise us that there are more faithless people in the world than those who truly believe in God. it shouldn’t surprise us that there are more negative minded people; more people who prefer to stay up all night worrying; more people who believe that life is unfair and so on.
Am I one of such? How do I react to difficulties and challenges? Am I like these Israelites who cried like babies or am I like the woman in today’s Gospel passage who would not take ‘NO’ for an answer?
At first, Jesus ignores her completely. She kept calling out until the disciples of Jesus had to appeal that Jesus should send her away. Then as if to add salt to pepper, Jesus said: “it is not right to take the food of children and throw it to the dogs.” At this point, she could have walked away in tears but she decided to focus on the brighter side of things; she asked for the crumbs and by so doing, she got her miracle!
Let us pray: Lord Jesus, teach me to wipe off my tears and focus on you instead. Amen.
Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Wednesday of the 18th week in Ordinary time. Bible Study: Numbers 13:1-35 and Matthew 15:21-28).