Day 24 – January 24

Today’s Readings:

Exodus 1-3
Matthew 15:21-39
Psalm 24

Jesus said answered the woman, “O woman, great is your faith! Be done for you as desire.” – Matthew 15:28

In Matthew, chapter 15 the unnamed woman comes to Jesus with a request for healing for her daughter. She doesn’t just ask Jesus once, but three times:

First, she says, “Have mercy on me, O Lord… my daughter is severely possessed by a demon.” Jesus does not respond, at first, and only after her continued pestering Jesus reminds her that she is not a Jew.

She then comes and kneels before him, saying, “Lord, help me.”

This is where the story takes a curious bend, with Jesus seemingly insulting her, calling her a dog (a domestic one (kunaria, in Greek), not a street dog).
Not even this discourages the woman, but she draws closer to Jesus, reminding Jesus that even the dogs get to eat the scraps.

Strong faith indeed! She knows that just a morsel, a crumb from Jesus would be sufficient to heal her daughter.

Would Jesus find such faith today? Or, would he find us giving up at the first rebuttal? Some commentaries see this aloofness of Jesus a kind of testing of the woman’s faith. She shows her persistence that grows bolder with each attempt.

May we too be persistent in our petitions to God, that with each seemingly unanswered prayer, we may too grow stronger in our asking, and in turn watch our faith unfold into the mercy of God.

May God bless you!

 

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