Today’s Thoughts: The wind is blowing; the snow is coming down. It is a snow day here in New York. I hope the weather is better where you are.
Where is your heart? This might be the question that we can ponder from our Gospel story today (Mark 7:24-30). In the Gospel, even though the woman is a Greek, a Syrophoenician, by birth her heart is with God. In placing her heart with God her daughter is healed.
The focus of today’s Gospel reminds me of a verse in Matthew’s Gospel (Matthew 6: 21) “for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” In other words, what we find important, what we place value in, what our focus is in life – there is where we will find our heart.
Perhaps another way to consider our Gospel today is in the words of Thomas Merton - “Ask me not where I live or what I like to eat . . . Ask me what I am living for and what I think is keeping me from living fully that.”
The Syrophoenician woman is living for God. She puts God at the center of her life thus that is where her heart is and she is blessed with the healing of her daughter. Perhaps our questions for today are – What are we living for? What is keeping us from living fully? What is important to us? Where is our heart? Is it with God?
Have a great Thursday everyone!
Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P. "Preacher on the Run"
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