Our Lady of Lourdes
The readings today show us two opposite parenting situations. On the one hand, Solomon, known for his wisdom, becomes a fool in his old age. He neglects his promise to God and therefore his actions have negative consequences for his son. In the gospel, however, we have a woman coming to Jesus begging for salvation for her daughter. This woman is not a Jew but a pagan and at first, Christ gives her the brush off. The mother simply will not take no for an answer, and Jesus rewards her faith!
One more thing: Solomon worshiped idols and did not repent on behalf of his son. The woman in the gospel worshiped idols, yet brought her trust and faith to Christ anyway and He rewarded her by healing her daughter. No matter our own mistakes, when he fall on our knees and pray for our children with expectation and perseverance, Christ will hear and answer.
Prayer: Dear Lord, through your mercy I beg you to overlook my shortcomings and pour your blessings and protection upon my children. Our Lady of Lourdes, please join my prayers for my children to yours and take them to your son, our savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.