In a world of ever-increasing confusion and blurred boundaries, we at St. Paul seek to be grounded, as the (Orthodox Christian) Church has been since Pentecost over 2,000 years, in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, our Savior – Who is the TRUTH. Inspired by the word of God, hear the message from Father Paul Girgis as he responds to Christ’s call to repent and be transformed, healed of our brokenness, by His grace.
Saint Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church, Naples Fl
Fr Paul Girgis, Parish Priest
Today’s reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew 15:21-28
At that time, Jesus went to the district of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and cried, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely possessed by a demon.” But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and begged him, saying, “Send her away, for she is crying after us.” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” And he answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.” Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly.