Reflecting on the Gospel for the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

From The Gospel of Matthew by Curtis Mitch and Edward Sri, reflecting on Matthew 15:21-28:

Much can be learned by reflecting on the words and actions of the Canaanite woman. Among other things, she is a model for effective prayer. First, notice that she comes to the Savior with faith. She never questions whether Jesus is able to deliver her daughter from the demon. She simply trusts in the divine authority of Jesus, three times calling him “Lord.” Second, she shows perseverance in asking for Jesus’ help. Neither his initial silence nor his attempt to decline the request lessened her tenacity in pursuing his assistance. She persisted until she attained what she sought.

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Comments

  1. “Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.” This is one of my favorite miracles. We tend to forget that Jesus was also full human as well we fully divine. In this passage it is as if the Canaanite woman is awakening the human Jesus to her tremendous faith. When compared to the woman at the well in John she exhibits greater faith because she had nothing to go on except her faith, while the woman at the well believed because Jesus told her everything about her life. Who had the greater faith?
    Peace to all.