Gospel – 8/5/30 – Matthew 15:21-28
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.
Do you recall the Parable of the Widow and the Corrupt Judge?
That parable plays out today when the Canaanite woman pleads with Jesus to save her daughter from the demon possessing her. The mission of Jesus was to save the people of Israel. But the people of Israel were turning out to be not nearly as worthy as the Gentiles. The Gentiles didn’t believe they were special because they were Gentiles – like the Jews believed because they were Jews. But Jesus wasn’t ready to change his mission just yet.
So he tells the woman no. But she persisted – like the Widow persisted with the Judge. So, Jesus even insults her, comparing her to a dog begging for scraps.
How humiliating this must have been. But this wasn’t about her – it was about her daughter. So, she once again, persisted.
Jesus recognized the Faith she had to accept her humiliation and still beg the man humiliating her.
It was her Faith, as it is with all of us, that healed her daughter.
Lord, let me bear with the humiliation.
At least that’s what I heard Him say…