Here is today’s Gospel reading, from St Mark: ‘And from there he arose and went away to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And he entered a house, and would not have any one know it; yet he could not be hid. But immediately a woman, whose little daughter was possessed by an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell down at his feet. Now the woman was a Greek, a Syrophoenician by birth. And she begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. And he said to her, “Let the children first be fed, for it is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” But she answered him, “Yes, Lord; yet even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” And he said to her, “For this saying you may go your way; the demon has left your daughter.” And she went home, and found the child lying in bed, and the demon gone’.

The woman’s faith gave her what she had asked of the Lord. She would not give up, but persisted in her quest for healing for her little daughter.

So it is in our own journey of faith. ‘Ask, and you will receive’, the Lord said – even if, to test our will and resolve, or our trust, He keeps us waiting, or the answer is not quite what we had expected.

So let us trust Him – for, as St John Henry Newman said, ‘He knows what He is about’. May God bless you this day.