20th Week, Ordinary Time (Year A) : Sunday, 20th August 2023

Daily Word Of God

Matthew 15:21b-28

Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And suddenly out came a Canaanite woman from that district and started shouting, ‘Lord, Son of David, take pity on me. My daughter is tormented by a devil.’ But he said not a word in answer to her. And his disciples went and pleaded with him, saying, ‘Give her what she wants, because she keeps 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 bowing low before him. ‘Lord,’ she said, ‘help me.’ He replied, ‘It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to little dogs.’

She retorted, ‘Ah yes, Lord; but even little dogs eat the scraps that fall from their masters’ table.’ Then Jesus answered her, ‘Woman, you have great faith. Let your desire 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?

  • In today’s Gospel, Jesus shows that no one who seeks Him with faith is refused help. Jesus was moved by the Gentile woman’s persistent and strong faith as she began with a request and ended on bended knees in prayer to the living God.


  • We too must take heart and learn to pray with strong and persistent faith. God in His infinite wisdom will always respond in ways that are best for our immortal souls.


  • God’s divine love and mercy for all peoples is everlasting. Do we draw consolation in this Truth during our prayers?