It can be difficult to ask for help. Doing so can help us grow in humility and bring us closer to God. Tom Elitz, SJ, reflects on the humility and faith of the Canaanite woman from the gospel. Based on the readings for Sunday, August 20, 2023.
It can be hard to ask for help, and admit our own limitations.
Hi, my name is Tom Elitz, and this is my One-Minute Reflection.
One time in school, I had to ask for an extension on an assignment. And I felt such shame at doing so. The teacher’s gonna think I’m lazy. Of course, these fears were born out of a sense of pride – out of a sense of wanting to be thought highly of. But asking for help calls us to let go of that pride, admit our limitations, and grow in true humility.
Pride is one of the greatest obstacles to God. In today’s Gospel, we see a woman who has overcome her pride, grown in humility, and ultimately experiences the healing work of Jesus. She had the humility to ask for help.
Her humility is what unites her to Jesus. So as Christians, we’re called to overcome our pride, and humbly turn to God in our need