18th Week in Ordinary Time : Wednesday, 4th August 2021

Daily Word Of God

Matthew 15:21-28

Jesus left Gennesaret and withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon.  Then  out came a Canaanite woman from that district and started shouting, ‘Sir, Son of David, take pity on me. My daughter is tormented by a devil.’ But he answered her not a word. And his disciples went and pleaded with him, ‘Give her what she wants,’ they said ‘because she is shouting after us.’

He said in reply, ‘I was sent only to the lost sheep of the House of Israel.’ But the woman had come up and was kneeling at his feet. ‘Lord,’ she said, ‘help me.’ He replied, ‘It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the house-dogs.’ She retorted, ‘Ah yes, sir, but even house-dogs can eat the scraps that fall from their master’s table.’ Then Jesus answered her, ‘Woman, you have great faith. Let your wish be granted.’ And from that moment her daughter was well again.

Today's Pointers on God's Word

As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?

  • The women’s persistent request, humility and faith in Jesus drew His attention and praise.


  • As such, Jesus cured her daughter even though His original pastoral plan was first to focus His attention on the Jews before He reaches out to the Gentiles.


  • When we seek God’s help for our different needs, do we have the persistence, faith and humility of the Canaanite woman or do we easily give up asking and even begin to doubt whether God really hears our prayers. What is God saying to you about your needs here and now?