Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time : 16th August 2020

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?

  • Jesus knew the Canaanite woman had faith in Him, but He wanted to test the depth of that faith.


  • Thus, instead of being put off by Jesus, the woman, out of maternal love for her sick daughter, humbled herself and persisted in her pleadings with Jesus.


  • How humble are we when we plead with Jesus in our prayers? Do we make unreasonable and arrogant demands as though Our Lord has to give us all that we ask of Him?