Today from Matthew 15:21-28, we hear the plea for help from a non-Jewish Canaanite woman to heal her daughter who was tormented by a demon. Jesus tells her the He was sent for the Jews that were lost and that it is “not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs.” Did Jesus just call non-Jewish people dogs? He did. We can learn much from the wisdom of this Canaanite woman who replied with great faith in Jesus saying, “Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their masters.”
How did Jesus respond? “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed from that hour. We know Jesus loves all of His children, even us Gentiles! A reminder for us to seek Jesus with great faith. And, right before she made her plea of “Lord, help me,” she did Him homage. Another reminder that God is to be given all praise and glory.
I have been blessed to be on vacation for a few days with my wife and 2 grandchildren so I have missed reading your blogs and social media posts. Up early and home late, I have much to catch up with at week’s end. May God in His infinite glory, bless each and every one of you. Amen.