In today's Gospel reading from Matthew 8, Jesus casts demons out of two men. He sends them into a herd of swine, who then go and jump off a cliff into the sea. While I'm sure the two men were pleased, the rest of the townspeople were not so much.
In the first reading from Genesis 21, Abraham's wife Sarah insists that Abraham throw out Hagar and her (and his) son Ishmael. So, at the Lord's command, he does so. But as the boy is crying in the desert, "God heard the boy's cry." Today's Responsorial Psalm is from Psalm 34, "The Lord hears the cry of the poor."
If you've ever been at a point in your life where you're "poor," (and this has nothing to do with money or possessions), know that God hears your cry. Truth be told, we should always be crying out to God. But know that he has a heart for the poor. He hears you, he loves you, and he'll answer you.
Father, we cry out to you for all our needs. Hear our cry and answer us in your perfect time. Amen.