At that time Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon.
And behold, a Canaanite woman of that district came and called out,
“Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David!
My daughter is tormented by a demon.”
But he did not say a word in answer to her.
His disciples came and asked him,
“Send her away, for she keeps calling out after us.”
He said in reply,
“I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
But the woman came and did him homage, saying, “Lord, help me.”
He said in reply,
“It is not right to take the food of the children
and throw it to the dogs.”
She said, “Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps
that fall from the table of their masters.”
Then Jesus said to her in reply,
“O woman, great is your faith!
Let it be done for you as you wish.”
And her daughter was healed from that hour.
Today’s gospel is another account of faith. The woman is not Jewish, but she says, “Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David!”. She begins with humility recognizing she is little and Jesus is Divine. She also says, “Lord, help me.”. She uses the word Lord twice. These are very strong words for anyone to say during the time of Roman rule. This was a title reserved to one who has authority or rule. It is also a title reserved for the human and divine Jesus. She has probably heard stories of Jesus casting out demons and curing people. Jesus does not answer her and she perseveres. Jesus tells her she is not of the chosen Israelite’s, but she shows great faith by saying that non-Jews still deserve to be healed by His hand. Jesus then tells her she has great faith and heals her daughter of the demon. Humility, calling God to help us-our petitions, perseverance, trust equal a great faith! Check your faith and see how it is doing! I also want to point out that this woman would have been very different among Jews and not accepted. Jesus came to be with the lowly, different, unaccepted and do great things for them.
Today’s challenge: Do something great for someone who is different and unaccepted. Go beyond your friendship group or Facebook friends and reach out.
Become a saint!