As we continue to meditate on Faith, the faith of the Canaanite woman from Sunday’s Gospel, are we to be as bold as she was?
According to Thomas Torrance, from Incarnation, the Person and Life of Christ, Faith may be defined as what happens to our reason when it encounters the nature and reality of God. We know much about the nature of God from the Early Father of the church and the theologians of the centuries that followed. The specific aspect of God’s nature that Christ demonstrates in this passage is that of Mercy. God’s mercy extends to those outside the Chosen People because of the faith of these folks, including the woman whose daughter has a spiritual malady.
God be merciful unto me! We have cried this in the past and may have need to cry it again! Like the woman, we know that Christ is real. We have evidence of this both in the Gospels, Sacred Writ, and in secular writings of the day. We also know the reality of God in Christ Jesus our Lord, because we have met Him in our dealings, pain, sorrow and the most joy filled days. We are to have a full relationship with Him, and through knowing Him, with His Father, our Father.
Our Lord taught us to pray: …And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil… These words are for us during Lent. Our faith leads us to be able to be bold in our cry unto God because we know the nature of God and because we know the reality of Him in Christ Jesus. The more time we spend in faith, the more we become like Christ. There is purity, a single-mindedness, which becomes part of us. Our fasting and prayer during Lent is to be our meat. When we are pure, we are more open to faith, hope and love.
This week, as we continue the fast, let us pray that our efforts toward being open to God will lead us to a richer understanding of His nature, as we read Sacred Scripture. We can then contemplate the Life of Christ, bringing Him to the forefront of our lives. In doing so, our faith will be fed.
Then we can be bold, knowing that we are not getting in God’s way, but instead participating in his Kingdom. May the lavishness of God fill your Lent with abundant grace.