From today’s Gospel reading:
behold, a Canaanite woman of that district [Tyre and Sidon] came and
called out, "Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David!"...
said to her in reply,
great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish."
woman’s daughter was healed from that hour.
Jesus was criticized by the Pharisees for his lack of strict
observance of religious customs and traditions. He responded by
calling them hypocrites who only pay lip service to God. In
contrast, Jesus praised the pagan Canaanite woman for having great
faith. So, who are the truly pious and observant in Jesus’ eyes?
Those who see in him God’s gracious desire to heal, forgive and
welcome to the table.
So we ask ourselves:
- Who are the "Canaanites" in our society, those we would push
aside as unimportant and second class?
- Is it possible that in listening to them we might hear God
speaking to us?
- Have I ever discovered God in surprising ways and in the
most unusual people?