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For the Second Sunday in Lent: John Chrysostom on perseverance in prayer

March 12, 2017

As the Gospel reading for the Second Sunday in Lent is Matthew 15:21-28, I thought I would quote something from John Chrysostom, as he preached a sermon on this passage.  Here he talks about the perseverance of the Canaanite woman’s petitions to the Lord for her daughter:

Do you see how this woman too contributed not a little to the healing of her daughter? For to this purpose neither did Christ say, Let your little daughter be made whole, but, Great is your faith, be it unto you even as you will; to teach you that the words were not used at random, nor were they flattering words, but great was the power of her faith.

The certain test, however, and demonstration thereof, He left to the issue of events. Her daughter accordingly was straightway healed.

But mark thou, I pray you, how when the apostles had failed, and had not succeeded, this woman had success. So great a thing is assiduity in prayer. Yea, He had even rather be solicited by us, guilty as we are, for those who belong to us, than by others in our behalf. And yet they had more liberty to speak; but she exhibited much endurance.

Truly, endurance in prayer is important, and this woman is an example for us all.

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