Meditation for Thursday of the 5th Week in Ordinary Time, Year B
(Gen 2:18-25; Mk 7:24-30)

Today we hear about the story of how God created the human family, and marriage was born. It was God who identified the problem or lack, set out in search of a solution, and singularly brought about the marriage between man and woman as THE SOLUTION. The man and woman share one flesh and are meant FOR each other. “This, at last, is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman because she was taken out of Man.” The man received the woman warmly, and gave out an exclamation of gratitude to God, who has found a solution to his problem!

However, if marriage was established as a solution to the problem of the man and the woman, what happens when the marriage itself has a problem? Now, the gospel of today narrates the story of a woman who has a family problem. It appears the problem was more than she could solve by herself. She went in search of Jesus for SOLUTION! But to get this answer from Jesus requires faith; faith is the ever-new frontier that launches us into the realm of the children of God. “And she went home, and found the child lying in bed, and the demon was gone.”

In the same way, if we approach Jesus in faith, there we shall find solutions to every family problem. Jesus is the new Adam; from His open side on the Cross flowed the grace of the sacrament of matrimony. In faith, we have become one body in Christ Jesus, so that He might heal our family wounds. Amen.


Fr Jude Chinwenwa Nwachukwu, C.Ss.R
Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church,
Tedi-Muwo, Lagos.
Thursday, February 11th, 2021.
Our Lady of Lourdes


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