by Judy Moe McCallum, Notre Dame Sisters Associate
Jesus went to Tyre and Sidon. A Canaanite woman of pagan descent cried to Him to heal her troubled child. Christ said, “I was not sent but to the sheep that are lost of the house of Israel.” She begged, Lord help me. He answered: “It is not good to take the bread of the children and cast it to the dogs.” She said, “Yea Lord, for the whelps also eat of the crumbs that fall from the table of their masters. Jesus answered, “Woman great is thy faith. “ And her daughter was cured.
The teaching here that stirs my heart is Christ’s invitation for us to be open and accepting toward everyone, even those who are different from us, without distinction.
As is often the way during reflection, I came upon this story of Giuliana visiting a distant city. She fell on some steps and cried out. A troubled homeless youth came over to her and wiped the blood from her arm, offering his only bottle of water, a few crumbs from his meager table. She was needed elsewhere, yet wanted to help him as he had helped her. All he wished for was a shower to wash away the grime of the streets. By God’s grace, this little bit she was able to offer.
Last Sunday Sr. Anita called us the modern Peters as we become frightened when challenged to reach out to the poor, homeless and so many others. Yet Christ has shown us that even a few crumbs from our table can bring comfort to others and help assuage their troubled hearts.
“Lord, do not thrust me away from your presence; do not take away from me your spirit of holiness. Give me back the joy of your salvation; sustain in me a generous spirit.” (Ps 51,11-12)