Readings; Num 13: 1-2, 25, Mt 15, 21-28.
In today’s gospel we see the Canaanite women persistently going behind Jesus asking Him to heal her daughter. She is a model for us in two things firstly, her persistence in prayer. Though the disciples did not allow her to come forward to Jesus; though Jesus tested her faith, she was not discouraged. She did not give up. Though she is asked to go back or to keep quiet, still she keeps on asking for the mercy of Jesus. In our day to day life, we come before Jesus with many requests and intercessions. Very often after praying for a short while, if the request is not granted we get discouraged and even go to the extent of losing our faith. When our requests are not granted it doesn’t mean that Jesus is turning His back to our prayer. It might be that, He wants us to pray more fervently. In those moments like this Canaanite woman we must be persistent in our prayer. It is not an occasion to lose heart. Jesus Himself has said we who are evil know how to give good things to our children, how much more the heavenly father will give.
Secondly, she is a model for each one of us for the virtue of humility. We have mentioned before the apostles did not allow her to proceed to Jesus and also Jesus was testing her faith. This was sufficient reason to hurt the ego of an ordinary person. Instead of considering it as an occasion to get hurt, she saw it has a chance to get closer to Jesus, which only humble person can do. As we go further we saw Jesus saying, ‘It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.’ This can be regarded as comparing her to a dog. To this she gave the reply that, ‘Yes Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.’ With this reply she even made Jesus wonder at her faith in Him. She understood that it is better to be a dog at the Master’s feet than being a complete human being elsewhere. Her humility is something that really calls our admiration. It is for this humility and faith of her, she is blessed abundantly. Often we are not ready to humble ourselves before the lord. At times we even regard ourselves greater than God by completely relaying on ourselves and forgetting the God standing by our side. We must really humble ourselves and relay on the infinite mercy of God to see the miracles working in our lives.