Scripture: Matthew 15: 21-28
Key verse: (28) “O woman, your faith is great; it shall be done for you as you wish.”
Reflection: Jesus had a clear mission to the lost sheep of the house of Israel, so he turned away from a Canaanite woman who asked for his help. Jesus ignored her. She kept crying out and the disciples went to Jesus to implore him to make her stop shouting at them. He tells the woman that his mission is to the Jews; not her, so he can’t help her. This is one of those stories that makes one wonder about Jesus’ compassion. Most of us believe he helps anyone; anywhere; any time. The woman won’t back down. She takes his words and turns them back to her advantage. This got Jesus’ attention and leads him to say: ” O woman, your faith is great; it shall be done for you as you wish.” She changed Jesus’ mind because of her belief in him. Jesus saw this faith in her and it prompted him to respond to her request.
There are times in life when it can feel like God is silent and turning away from our shouts for help. Sometimes this is because the pain and suffering we are experiencing drowns out the presence of God who is always with us. Intense circumstances have a way of blocking out what God is offering. We simply can’t hear. At times like that, it is easy to conclude that Jesus is ignoring us or worse yet, simply doesn’t care. However, when we submit ourselves to God we have the opportunity to discover an end to our suffering. Do we have persistence like the Canaanite woman? Do we truly have faith in the one who is the source of all healing? When all other options are gone and we need help, healing can come in surprising ways. Don’t lose heart.
Prayer: Merciful God, we give thanks you hear the cries of your people. Many times we rely on everything and everyone else but you for healing. Help us be persistent in our faith. May we humble ourselves before you and receive your blessing. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Author: Deborah Conner
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].