Cycle A

Good News A38

Lord, Help Me

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Matthew 15:21-28 New American Bible

Matthew 15:21-28 Bible Gateway New International Version


A Canaanite woman of that district came and called out,

"Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter is tormented by a demon."

          A Canaanite woman came up to Jesus and cried, “Son of David! Have mercy on me!” Her daughter had been possessed by a demon. The disciples were upset because this woman was noisy and pestering them. Jesus told them he had been sent only to the lost sheep of Israel. At this the woman fell at his feet saying, “Help me.” And so Jesus told the woman that what she wanted would be done for her. Then right at that moment, her daughter was healed.

          There are times in our lives when we need help. It’s amazing that just at that moment a person who is equipped to help us arrives on the scene in our lives to give us the help we need. For instance, you may have fallen from your bike. Right there near by is someone who comes to your side to make sure you are okay. Or when you get home your Mother is there to help wash and put a band-aid on it. Or perhaps it is you who is there right at the moment someone needs the kind of help you can offer. Perhaps a friend’s bike tire goes flat and you have a pump at your house to fix it. If your Mother’s cell phone battery is dead, and there is an emergency, someone with a cell phone who is willing to help is nearby. When the help we need seems to come from out of nowhere, it is not just a coincidence, it is a God-incidence. It is God answering our prayers to help us when we are in need. He will not desert his Little Lambs. He will not desert his children.

          We need to be sure to thank God for our many blessings. Thank him in the morning when we wake up. Each of us should say: “This is the day that the Lord has made. I will be glad and rejoice in it.” Thank him in the middle of the day when we see something that makes you laugh. Laughter is good for healing the body. Laughter is good for our souls. It is a gift from God. We should thank him at the end of our day and ask him to help us sleep well with no worries. When we have faith and ask him, God will help us.

          Pray the “Our Father.” Ask God to help you be more thoughtful and more thankful for the things you have.


“Our Father, who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.”



Copyright ©2002, 2004 Joan Y. Edwards