Gospel Mt 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 he did not say a word in answer to her.
His 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 him homage, saying, “Lord, help me.”
He said in reply,
“It is not right to take the food of the 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 her daughter was healed from that hour. Persistence. Isn’t amazing the persistence this woman had in seeking out Jesus’s help? She has no connection to the Israelites (Tyre and Sidon were not part of the Jewish lands), yet she had seen or heard of Jesus and knew that he could help if she could only convince him.Her smart answer did the trick.”Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their masters.”How many were offered a seat at the banquet, yet refused? This woman is gracious for only a small amount. To put that in a biblical perspective look at the story of creation and how God put everything in creation at man’s service; yet man takes so much for granted and acts like he deserves even more. This woman knows even the smallest scrap is infinitely precious. Did the disciples recognize this value in Gods creation? I think not. In their answer they could not see value in that woman, nor could they see value in her daughter. To them, by their answer “Send her away”, they viewed her as insignificant; an insignificant scrap. Jesus though has this woman prove her worth, to both the disciples and also to herself, before he intervenes on behalf of the little girl. In her argument the lost sheep of the house of Israel becomes not just members within a border, but all who are striving to gain a place in Gods Kingdom.”Lord, help me” was the cry of a lost sheep trying to find their way back to that kingdom..