Thought of the day
Thursday, February 13, 2014

Thursday of the Fifth week in Ordinary Time
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"Jesus went to the district of Tyre"


 
Origen (c.185-253), priest and theologian 
Commentary on Saint Matthew's gospel, 9, 16 ; SC 16
"Jesus went to the district of Tyre"

Jesus came out of Israel...: “Jesus went from that place and withdrew to the region of Tyre” (Mt 15,21), a name which means “gathering of the nations”. This was so that, from among the people of that territory, those who believed might be saved when they came out from it. Now, pay attention to these words: “And behold, a Canaanite woman, coming out of that district, called out saying: 'Have pity on me, Lord, son of David! My daughter is tormented by a demon'” (v.22). Now in my opinion, if she had not withdrawn from that territory she would not have been able to call out to Jesus with the cries that sprang from “great faith”, as he himself testified (v.28).

It is “according to the measure of our faith” (Rm 12,6) that we come out from the territory of the pagan nations... We must certainly believe that each one of us, so long as he is a sinner, finds himself in the region of Tyre or Sidon, of Pharaoh or Egypt, or of some other land alien to God's inheritance. But when sinners abandon their wrongdoing, turning back to the good, they withdraw from those regions where sin dwells and hasten to the regions that are the portion of God...

Notice, too, that sort of journey that Jesus makes to meet the Canaanite woman; for he seems to be going towards the region of Tyre and Sidon... The righteous are directed towards the kingdom of heaven and elevation into the Kingdom of God, but sinners are directed towards the outcome of their evildoing... The Canaanite woman, by leaving these territories, also left that tendency towards decadence, when she cried out and said: “Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David”... All the healings accomplished by Jesus, as the evangelists have told them, took place, then, so those who saw them might have faith. But those events are the symbol of what is always been brought about by Jesus' power, for there is no age when what was written is not being realized in exactly the same way.

Source: ©Evangelizo.org 2001-2014
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