Not-so-Instant Gratification

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In today’s Gospel reading from Matthew 15, we see a model of persistence.

A Canaanite woman comes to Jesus and asks Him to heal her daughter. Jesus ignores her. After some prodding from the disciples, He tells the woman no. She asks again. Jesus again refuses her request. Rather than getting discouraged and leaving, the woman persists in her plea. And Jesus grants her prayer because of her faith and persistence.

We live in such a time of instant gratification, don’t we? If we have the means, we can have almost anything we want with just the click of a mouse, or the swipe of a plastic card. Our mantra is, “I want what I want and I want it now!” But God is not a vending machine. He is not like Amazon or Walmart or Mastercard. His timing is always perfect, regardless of how fast we think He should work. And the Canaanite woman got her prayer answered, but it was not-so-instant gratification. Can we wait for the Lord?

Father, forgive us for being such petulant little children. May we always be persistent in prayer and wait patiently for your perfect will to unfold. Amen.

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