Gospel for the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time—Matthew 15:21-28
“At that time, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman of that district came and called out, ‘Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter is tormented by a demon.’ But Jesus did not say a word in answer to her.
Jesus’ disciples came and asked him, ‘Send her away, for she keeps calling out after us.’
He said in reply, ‘I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.’ But the woman came and did Jesus homage, saying, ‘Lord help me.’ He said in reply, ‘It is not right to take the food of children and throw it to the dogs.’ She said, ‘Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their masters.’ Then Jesus said to her in reply, ‘O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.’ And the woman’s daughter was healed from that hour.”
Who were you drawn to in this account?
What drew you to this person?
What is the message for you in that?
Heritage word—“A saint—we look for mystic gold and silvered ecstasy; we find a tempered twisted piece of steel.”
(Sr. Mary Vincentia, a Sister of the Covington Province)