Gospel Reading Matthew 15:21-28
21Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. 22Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.” 23But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, “Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us.” 24He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” 25But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” 26He answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” 27She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” 28Then Jesus answered her, “Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed instantly.
A test of faith. Some read this passage and wonder why Jesus would seem to be so antagonistic towards this woman. Afterall, her daughter was being tormented and didn’t Jesus deal with these things regularly? Why would he be against helping her just because she was not from the house of Israel?
On the other hand, we can look deeper at this passage from a faith perspective. Jesus is not going to heal everyone, including those who do not love God, rather He is testing people. Why should God provide any miracles for someone who does not believe, or at least believe that God can do something?
Jesus is asking this woman for a little more than just a request. He is asking her to place her faith in Him. And that is what He is asking all of us – don’t just pray expecting God to grant your wishes, rather pray in faith, knowing that Jesus wants the best for you.
As you travel this week, place your trust in Jesus and see what happens.