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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.

Action:

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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