9 Thu Feb 2012
For 9 February 2012, Thursday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time, based on Mk 7:24-30
Jesus set out and went away to the region of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was there. Yet he could not escape notice, but a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about him, and she came and bowed down at his feet. Now the woman was a Gentile, of Syrophoenician origin. She begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. He said to her, â€œLet the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the childrenâ€™s food and throw it to the dogs.â€ But she answered him, â€œSir, even the dogs under the table eat the childrenâ€™s crumbs.â€ Then he said to her, â€œFor saying that, you may goâ€”the demon has left your daughter.â€ So she went home, found the child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.