“A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon- possessed and suffering terribly.”
He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”
The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said.
He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”
“Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.”
Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.”Matthew 15: 22, 24-28
Peace and good to all.
If I may share my insights on the above gospel of our Lord.
The gospel is again about faith. It is the story of faith in Jesus by a woman who belongs to the pagan world – a Canaanite. This is also the story of one of the many manifestations that Jesus is not only for the people of Israel but for all, for everyone, of whatever race and language, of whatever ethnicity and culture, as long as they recognize Him, as their saviour and as long as they recognize the mighty power of Jesus above all.
Notice also the parallelism of faith in the gospel quoted above and the gospel when Jesus walked in the waters. In the latter gospel, Jesus disciples saw Him walking in the middle of the waters but Jesus disciples did not immediately recognize Him and thought of Him at first as as a ghost. Here in this gospel, the Canaanite woman recognized Jesus immediately and called Him, the Son of David. She was not one of Jesus people, but she immediately recognized Him.
In the other gospel, Peter professed faith by following Jesus in walking in the waters, but he doubted that was why he begun to sink. Here, the Canaanite woman, never doubted on the mighty power of Jesus to heal her daughter who was demon possessed. She does not belong to the tribes of Jesus, she is not one of Jesus people, but she believed in Jesus and that only Him can heal her demon possessed daughter. She recognized Jesus not only as a King being the son of David, but also one who can wield power over evil.
In both gospel, however, Peter and the Canaanite woman, pleaded to Jesus: “Lord, save me!” as Peter pleaded when he begun to sink. “Lord, help me!” as pleaded by the Canaanite woman while kneeling to Jesus, for her daughter to be saved.
And, while Peter was saved by Jesus from the waters in the other gospel, he was reprimanded I supposed, for having doubted for having little faith in Him. Thus, Jesus said to Peter: “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” While in the above gospel, it was because of the faith of this Canaanite woman in Jesus who can save and heal her daughter that was why her request was granted. Thus Jesus said to her: “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.”
This story of Jesus encounter with the Canaanite woman has shown too that Jesus is not only for the people of Israel. That Jesus ministry is breaking boundaries, beyond culture or religion, beyond language and ethnicity, as long as there is faith in Him.