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20th aIn today’s Gospel Mt 15:21-28, a woman, who is not Jewish, approaches Jesus, asking him to heal her demon-possessed daughter. But Jesus ignores her; and the disciples ask Jesus to send her away, as she is annoying. Jesus agrees, remarking that he was sent to minister to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
But the woman perseveres, paying homage to Jesus. But Jesus denies her request again. He even insults her, using a Jewish word of derision for Gentiles, dog. "It is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs." But the woman shrewdly turns Jesus’ insult into an affirmation of faith. "Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their masters." Jesus then grants her request and heals her daughter.


Jesus’ indifference to this woman may strike us as shocking. Yet in Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus’ ministry is primarily to the people of Israel. At only a very few points, such as the one found in today’s Gospel, do we find Jesus foreseeing the later Christian ministry to the rest of the world.
This early Christian community struggled to understand how God’s choice of Israel is consistent with two events: Israel’s rejection of Jesus and the Gentiles’ acceptance of Jesus. Just as Jesus was surprised by the faith expressed by the Canaanite woman, the first Christians were also surprised that the Gentiles would receive the salvation God offered through Christ. In today’s second reading from Paul’s letter to the Romans, we hear the apostle Paul considering this same concern.
The faith that the Canaanite woman expresses is an affirmation of and confidence in God’s abundant mercy. Yes, salvation comes through Israel, but it overflows for the benefit of all.

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