Gospel Reading and Thoughts for August 17, 2014

Canaanite womanGospel – Matthew 15: 21-18

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 Jesus did not say a word in answer to her.

Jesus’ 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 Jesus 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 the woman’s daughter was healed from that hour.


Leftovers – this woman is asking for just leftovers.  Whatever is left after Christ ministers to God’s chosen people, that is what she is praying for and that is what she knows will heal her daughter.

In my house, leftovers are typically well received.  Some dishes are preferred over others.  For some reason, my daughters would rather eat rice than leftover pizza – and they hate rice!

We sometimes don’t prefer the leftovers from God either.  When it seems like our problems are fixed just enough, but not the way we want them to be, we may feel like we are getting God’s leftovers.  We are not getting all that we think we need or deserve.

This Canaanite woman knows that it would take very little from Christ to take away her problems.  And she has the faith that Christ will give it to her.

If we too have faith that whatever little bit God gives us, for His Glory, our problems will be fixed – in his time, within his divine plan.  But too often, I feel like maybe the problems aren’t fixed the right way because they weren’t the way I wanted them to be resolved.  These leftovers may not feel like enough and we aren’t content with the way God is acting in our life.  But we need to be assured that even with only the leftovers, God can and will work wonders in our life to draw us closer to Him and the Kingdom of Heaven.


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