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A Canaanite Woman? Really?! Here!

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!


Gospel                                                                                               Mt 15:21-28

Our Deacon preached on this Sunday's Gospel of the Canaanite woman with the sick child and tried to draw on the theme of prejudice; which was fine but it sounded like he was tip toeing around an issue: Was Jesus being prejudice?
Here we see clearly Jesus rejecting this woman.  Now the gospel says that Jesus had come only for the lost of the sheep of Israel, and has no time for a Canaanite, and woman for that matter.
And in this the painter wants us to see the child on her sick bed, still Jesus does not seem in too much of a hurry to help.
 This attitude of Jesus made me feel a little uneasy.  We hear Gospels where there does not seem to be any prejudice at all; Jesus is here for all those who have ears and can hear.  He was a man ahead of his time with his attitude toward women, tax collectors, leapers, all the great untouchables of his day.  But here it is clear he has no time for this Canaanite woman.  The Canaanites and Israel had a long standing animosity toward each other.  The Canaanites where those who worshiped Baal.  Their religion and social attitudes where a little much of the sedate Israelis.  In Jesus' time the Canaanites would have been viewed as filthy people no better than dogs!

But even here there is something.  In the past when this Gospel was preached it is the woman's response that is the subject of the homily, the: “Even dogs eat scraps that fall from their master’s table.”   


I had one priest call this response witty but humble.  Excuse me?! Was he reading the same Scripture passage?  Witty. Yes. Humble?  No.  She is saying: "Look Jesus, I know you don't like me too much but I know you are Lord, I believe, but still you are treating me like a dog!  Why?"  There is nothing humble in her response it is a direct statement to Jesus: I am just as worthy as everyone else!


It is clear that she touches Jesus' heart and her daughter is healed!  Soopermexican takes offense at the statement:It is clear that she touches Jesus' heart     Here is my response

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