I feel like this post is a little too late. I feel like writing about this day’s gospel, and it’s less than two hours before midnight. But then, I know that when it comes to faith, nothing is too late.
Today’s gospel is one of my favorites – the faith of the Canaanite woman. This gospel is one of those which speaks about a lot of things, including faith, love, and perseverance.
Faith and Love
…”Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is suffering terribly from demon-possession.” Matthew 15:22
The woman was a Gentile while Jesus is a Jew. And even if they have this huge social difference, the woman showed willingness to forget that difference in order for her daughter to be healed. Talk about motherly love. Or maybe, any kind of love at all. Most of us are willing to forget everything and sacrifice everything jusy for the sake of the ones we hold dearly.
The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said. Matthew 15:25
Humility at its best. I personally have felt her unbounded faith, as she knelt in front of Jesus and repeated her plea. She knew that Jesus will listen to her, and her belief was whole that Jesus would be able to cure her sick daughter.
…He [Jesus] answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.” Matthew 15:24
I believe Jesus said this not because he refuses to heal the woman’s daughter. It must be to test just how far her faith and perseverance could go. And didn’t the woman repeated her request in front of Jesus as she knelt? She was very sure that Jesus would give her what she was asking.
…He [Jesus] replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.” Matthew 15:26
Jesus once again tested the woman’s faith. He even used the allusion of dogs (for during His time, the Jews referred to the Gentiles as dogs, for their dishonor and uncleanliness). But the woman was so clever to answer him.
“Yes, Lord,” she said, “but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” Matthew 15:27
It was an admirable faith that Jesus granted her request for her daughter to be healed.
Salvation is for All
Apart from the faith of the Canaanite woman, the other message of the gospel which struck me was the attitude of Jesus towards her. It didn’t really matter if she was a Gentile. What mattered is that, despite of her being a Gentile, she had the faith that her daughter would be healed by Jesus. I guess Jesus wanted us to know that salvation is for everyone. No matter what doctrine we are being taught and followed, we are brought to salvation by our faith and attachment to God.
And so let us all pray to God for His grace, so that we could be instruments to spread the message of salvation.