20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

In this week’s Gospel reading a Gentile mother, was trying to persuade Jesus to heal her daughter. It can be a disturbing passage for it seems like Jesus is a little unfeeling toward this woman’s plight. “It is not fair to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs,” he responded. Not only did he indicate that he wouldn’t agree to her request, but also that he was contrasting the “children” of Israel with the Gentile “dogs.” We know, and as this lady found out, Jesus is not so heartless. Rather he was communicating the order, or plan, of salvation that was consistent with the Father’s will where Israel was preached to first then the Gentiles. We should admire this Womens faith and persistence do we have these virtues in our lives as we pray for others?

Fr. Jason Keas