Thursday of the 5 week in ordinary time ‘b’
Our own pride can stop us from receiving others’ help or even God’s graces. Just think about it. Some of us may struggle with addiction but are unable to be humble enough and reach out for help. I can do this on my own, one may think, or, I don’t want others to know about my weaknesses. Also, when it comes to sin, why would I go to confession? I can confess to God directly; I don’t need to open myself up in front of a priest. It can be similar with other simple things like that too: why would I ask for help, I know better, my pride won’t let me admit that there are things that I can’t do on my own. And so, look at this poor woman from the Gospel today. In front of everybody, she begged Jesus to help her. She put aside her pride, she didn’t care what others would think or say, she humbly admitted that she is a sinner and that she needed help.