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13 February 2020 Catholic Mass Daily Bible Reading

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USCCB. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 7,24-30. Jesus went to the district of Tyre. He entered a house and wanted no one to know about it, but he could not escape notice. Soon a …More
USCCB. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 7,24-30.

Jesus went to the district of Tyre. He entered a house and wanted no one to know about it, but he could not escape notice.
Soon a woman whose daughter had an unclean spirit heard about him. She came and fell at his feet.
The woman was a Greek, a Syrophoenician by birth, and she begged him to drive the demon out of her daughter.
He said to her, "Let the children be fed first. For it is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs."
She replied and said to him, "Lord, even the dogs under the table eat the children's scraps."
Then he said to her, "For saying this, you may go. The demon has gone out of your daughter."
When the woman went home, she found the child lying in bed and the demon gone.


Saint John Chrysostom (c.345-407)
priest at Antioch then Bishop of Constantinople, Doctor of the Church
Homilies on Saint Matthew's Gospel, no.52, § 2 ; PG 58, 520


"The dogs under the table eat the children's scraps"
When she came up to Jesus the Canaanite woman just said these words: "Have pity on me" (Mt 15:22) and her repeated cries drew a large crowd of people. It was a touching sight to see this woman crying out with such great feeling, a mother pleading on behalf of her daughter, a child who was so severely possessed. (...) She didn't say: "Have pity on my daughter" but "Have pity on me". "My daughter is not aware of her plight, but I, I experience sufferings in profusion; it makes me ill to see her in such a state; I am almost out of my mind at seeing her like this." (...)
Jesus answered her: "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel (Mt 15:24). Now what did the Canaanite woman do when she heard these words? Did she lose heart? Not in the least! She urged him even more. This is not what we do when our prayers are not answered: we turn away in discouragement whereas we ought to be pleading even more insistently. Who, it is true, would not be discouraged by Jesus' response? His silence would have been enough to take away all hope. (...) This woman, however, does not lose heart; to the contrary, she comes nearer to him and bows to the ground, saying: "Lord, help me (v.25) (...) If I am a little dog in this house then I am no longer a foreigner. I well know that food is necessary for children (...), but it cannot be forbidden to give away crumbs. They should not be refused me (...) because I am a little dog who cannot be pushed aside."
It was because he foresaw her answer that Christ delayed to grant her prayer (...) His replies were not intended to cause this woman pain but to reveal this hidden treasure.
Irapuato
1st book of Kings 11,4-13.
When Solomon was old his wives had turned his heart to strange gods, and his heart was not entirely with the LORD, his God, as the heart of his father David had been.
By adoring Astarte, the goddess of the Sidonians, and Milcom, the idol of the Ammonites,
Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD; he did not follow him unreservedly as his father David had …More
1st book of Kings 11,4-13.
When Solomon was old his wives had turned his heart to strange gods, and his heart was not entirely with the LORD, his God, as the heart of his father David had been.
By adoring Astarte, the goddess of the Sidonians, and Milcom, the idol of the Ammonites,
Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD; he did not follow him unreservedly as his father David had done.
Solomon then built a high place to Chemosh, the idol of Moab, and to Molech, the idol of the Ammonites, on the hill opposite Jerusalem.
He did the same for all his foreign wives who burned incense and sacrificed to their gods.
The LORD, therefore, became angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned away from the LORD, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice
(for though the LORD had forbidden him this very act of following strange gods, Solomon had not obeyed him).
So the LORD said to Solomon: "Since this is what you want, and you have not kept my covenant and my statutes which I enjoined on you, I will deprive you of the kingdom and give it to your servant.
I will not do this during your lifetime, however, for the sake of your father David; it is your son whom I will deprive.
Nor will I take away the whole kingdom. I will leave your son one tribe for the sake of my servant David and of Jerusalem, which I have chosen."

Psalms 106(105),3-4.35-36.37.40.
Blessed are they who observe what is right,
who do always what is just.
Remember me, LORD, as you favor your people;
come to me with your saving help.

But mingled with the nations
and learned their works.
They served their idols,
which became a snare for them.

They sacrificed their sons
and their daughters to demons.
And the LORD grew angry with his people,
and abhorred his inheritance.