Dear Parish Family,
The Gospel this weekend reminds us of the need to include all and to break down barriers so our communities become more welcoming to those who may feel excluded.
Jesus’s mission extends beyond Israel, embracing all people who believe in Him He wanted to teach the disciples an important lesson. Jesus taught them that true purity comes from the heart, not from external rituals.
The example of the Canaanite woman helps the disciples understand when Jesus praises her great faith, showing them that God looks beyond religious laws, and customs to value what comes from the heart. We should not feel discouraged and defeated, nor ever give up praying to Jesus. For if we put all our trust and truly put our faith in Him, He will always respond to us.
Peace be with you!