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August 14, 2011: 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“I believe, Jesus. Help my unbelief.”

Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon.
Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting,
“Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.”
(Matthew 15:21-22)

These are the first few lines from a longer gospel passage, Matthew 15:21-28. Take time to read the whole story from your Bible.
In this healing story, Jesus does not immediately answer the woman’s request. There are a couple reasons; he was in a foreign land and she was not a Jew.
Eventually Jesus healed her daughter because of the woman’s great faith.


If we believe, anything is possible.
How strong is your faith?
Try saying this little prayer the next time something seems impossible: I believe, Jesus. Help my unbelief.

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Sister Mary Beth Klingel

Sister Mary Beth is a general officer on the leadership team of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. She has previously served as an elementary school teacher, pastoral minister and director of novices.

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