The Canaanite 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.”
We know that Jesus is the merciful Messiah, why did he apparently insult this woman? There is purpose to every thing Jesus does. He has already seen her great need and humility and can use this opportunity to teach those with him the importance of deep faith and trust.
The woman humbles herself even further and says, “Please, Lord, 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.”
This reading challenges us to reflect on how well we handle insults. Can we forgive and move on, or do we harbor a grudge and become bitter?
Jesus tells us, “Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.” Mt 5:11-12