Jesus and Our Children

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In today's first reading from Genesis 2, we read about the creation of Eve. God took a rib from Adam and fashioned Eve. Adam says, "This one, at last, is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh."

In our Gospel reading from Mark 7, a woman comes to Jesus asking Him to drive a demon out of her daughter. The woman was not a daughter of Israel, and so Jesus refuses at first. But the woman persists and Jesus grants her wish; her daughter is healed.

I'm always struck by the numerous stories of parents asking Jesus to heal their children. It makes perfect sense. As parents, we always want what it best for our children, no matter their age. Many of us have children who have strayed from the faith. This doesn't make them bad people. But spiritually, they are incomplete. Let us take the example of the Syrophoenician woman and ask Jesus to heal our children - physically and spiritually.

Father, we bring our children to Jesus and ask for their healing in every way they need to be healed. Amen.

Today's Readings

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