Matthew 15:21-28 Reflection – Give a Needed Crumb

Reflection on Matthew 15:21-28 ~

Have you been interrupted by someone that needs help especially when you were tired? Maybe you were also hungry and thirsty. Deep inside you knew you must raise them up because they need a morsel of healing with spiritual food, perhaps just a portion of what you have. Like Jesus, when you give a needed crumb, grace embraces the “other.” Yet, unlike Jesus, we must be careful to rest in-between, so that grace can fill us and remove our visible weariness.

The Canaanites Daughter James Tissot Brooklyn MuseumThe Canaanites Daughter, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum

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Matthew 15   New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

The Canaanite Woman’s Faith

21 Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. 22 Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.” 23 But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, “Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us.” 24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” 25 But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” 26 He answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” 27 She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” 28 Then Jesus answered her, “Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed instantly.

Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Matthew 15:21-28.