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Children's crumbs
By FR JULIUS OLAITAN

February 8, 2018 (Thursday of Week 5 Year II: St Josephine Bakhita)

 

The children’s crumbs

 

Today, the Church celebrates the optional memorial of St Josephine Bakhita who as a young girl from Sudan was sold as a slave severally until she got into the hands of an Italian family where she eventually was treated with dignity and compassion. She later became a nun and a public Speaker. Her feast day 8th of February is also the Anti-Human Trafficking Day. 

 

Trafficking in persons is a serious crime and a grave violation of human rights. Trafficking in persons is not limited to those who are shipped abroad like products, but also includes many who are enslaved on the home front and exploited by their abductors and or those who recruit them from the villages, with a promise of giving them better lives in the city, only to turn them into slaves or “house-helps.” They are called house helps, but often are slaves. Children and teenagers who are recruited by agents to take care of homes and often ill-treated. Slavery rubs people of their human dignity. Many of them do not even enjoy the care and love shown to the pets in the house. The stories of many of those returning from slavery in Libya is horrifying in this time and age. Do you have anyone who is slaving for you? Can you treat your child the way you treat your house-help?

 

In the gospel(Mark 7:24-30) Jesus had gone to the region of Tyre and Sidon when a woman of Greek origin came and fell at his feet, begging him to help save her daughter who was possessed by a demon. The response of Jesus to her was, “Let the children first be fed, for it is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” As discouraging as the response of Jesus may be, the woman was not shaken. She showed even greater faith in her response, “Yes Lord; yet even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” That is an extraordinary show of faith from this woman. Even Jesus could not but give what she asked for. Often our faith is tested by the response we get from those from whom we expect something. Do we get discouraged by the attitude of others and abandon the path we know to be right? Is there someone in your life, whom you think should encourage you or should be your model but instead has become a source of discouragement? Face the challenges headlong, do not give up on your dreams, do not allow anyone stand in your way. Rise beyond whatever the problem may be and move on looking to Christ who did not allow the attitude of those around him to disturb his focus on his ministry.

 

Let us pray: O God, keep us free of sin. Let all the victims of human trafficking find true freedom and justice. Give us the courage to do all we can to free them of their bondage and prevent others from getting trapped. Amen. May the Almighty God bless you, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen


 
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