The Canaanite Woman and the Martyrs
Sunday, 14 August 2005
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
On this 20th Sunday of Ordinary Time, the liturgy presents a rare example of faith to us: a Canaanite woman who asks Jesus to heal her daughter who was “terribly troubled by a demon”. The Lord resisted her insistent entreaties and seemed impervious to them even when the disciples themselves interceded for her, as the Evangelist Matthew relates.
In the end, however, confronted by the perseverance and humility of this unknown woman, Jesus consented: “Woman, you have great faith! Your wish will come to pass” (cf. Mt 15: 21-28).
“Woman, you have great faith!”. Jesus