1. Matthew 15:21-28 Canaanite women who wanted daughter healed
21 Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.”23 Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.”24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”25 The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said.26 He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”27 “Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.”28 Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.
Here is what we would like to say is an unusual passage and yet for Jesus unusual is predictable. We have a passage in which the disciples would have witnessed something new: the healing of a gentile women’s daughter; but not any gentile a pagan one. Jesus asks if it is right for children’s bread to be toss to dogs. The children being Israelites and the dogs being the gentiles and the women understanding what Jesus means responds with “Yes!” and her faith in Jesus heals her daughter. Her faith in Jesus heals her daughter! Her faith! Not the faith of the disciples not the whim of Jesus but it is her faith that stands alone in this passage.
Once again Jesus heals some one that would not have been considered “worthy.” Once again a disciple of Christ comes forward who is not simply a Jewish Hebrew following a new Priest but is someone outside the faith institution believing and in return receiving a miracle. How amazing. To think that we don’t have to fit a mold for Christ to see us. To think that we don’t have to be anyone important but that we can be so unimportant that the Bible doesn’t name us. To think that we all have the right to believe, trust and inherit the Kingdom of God simply for our faith in Jesus. A powerful reminded today that we are all worthy!