Thursday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time ‘a’
The woman was a gentile. She was Greek with different religious beliefs. Her nation used to speak ill of Jewish people. That’s why when she came to Jesus for help, He was a little surprised, and reminded her that He came to ‘the lost sheep of Israel’, and that the Jewish nation was the one that needed Him. However, the woman was persistent and humbly admitted that she didn’t belong to the chosen nation. However, she believed that even the smallest act of grace coming from Jesus would heal her daughter. So, she said: “Lord, even the dogs under the table eat the children's scraps.” In other words, she said: yes Lord, I am nobody, and my people treat you badly, but if you could use a little bit of your power, that demon will leave from my daughter. Great profession of faith. It is all about how we approach Jesus. You might be a sinner, perhaps you lost your faith a long time ago, maybe you don’t practice, or even have different beliefs, but Jesus is there to help you, as long as you approach Him with faith and humility. Jesus does not exclude anybody, but at times we exclude ourselves from Him.