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Humility and Forgiveness

08-20-2017Rev. Scott holmer

The Gospel today features one of the most jarring lines in all of Sacred Scripture. A woman comes up to Jesus repeatedly and asks to have her Son healed from demonic possession. Jesus finally turns to her and says, “It is not right to take the food of the children and give it to the dogs.” Jesus is trying to explain that his mission is primarily to the house of Israel. However, he tries to dismiss this Canaanite woman in a very abrupt and rude way.

I often wondered, “Why on earth did Jesus rebuke this woman in this way? This doesn’t sound like Jesus? Why on earth would St. Matthew include this story in the Gospel that makes Jesus seem so rude?” The reason the disciples remembered this story was not due to Jesus’ callous remark. It was because the woman showed such great humility in her response: “Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their masters.”