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Week of August 16

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 16
Glenna Smith, OSB, Benedictine Sisters of Virgina, Bristow, VA

Mt 15:21-28
The story of this Sunday is one of the many that gives me a glimpse of the faith I desire, a faith in an undeserved, unexpected love beyond explanation or reason that compels action borne of love. A Canaanite woman approaches Jesus to ask him to help her daughter. She, a Canaanite, could have been dismissed outright and would have been by custom and by Jesus’ disciples. Presumably, the love for her daughter and her faith in Jesus were strong enough for her to risk ridicule and rejection. Her interaction with Jesus turned the tide. As her love and the words of Jesus collided – love won out, as always!

I wonder who of us would have the humility or be happy enough with scraps to say, “Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their masters,” and to hope. “O God, let all the nations praise you.”


Sister Glenna Smith entered the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia in 1977 and has served her community and their ministries for 40+ years as teacher, prefect, camp director, counselor, principal and administrator, school psychologist, member of various boards, formation director, monastery coordinator, and subprioress. She was privileged to serve the Federation of Saint Scholastica as president from 2010-2014.

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