“Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David!”

Continuing on in Matthew (15:21-28), Jesus now encounters a Canaanite woman pursuing and pleading with Jesus to exorcise her daughter.  He ignores her.  Then, when the disciples tell Him to send her away, Jesus replies that He was sent for the Israelites only.  Paying Him homage at His feet, she pleads with Jesus all the more to help her.  Addressing her by counting her among the dogs, she replies that even dogs accept scraps.  Jesus strongly commends her faith and tells her that what she wished for will come to pass.  The cry of the woman to Jesus (at top) should be our exclamation as well.  Knowing that God is the giver of all good things and that we yet fail regularly in living as we ought, should keep us in a constant state of humility.  This Canaanite woman likely had recourse to her gods before abandoning this false hope in favor of the only One who can truly heal.  Imitating her, we must also turn from anything that attains high status in our lives that is not of God or distracts us from Him or the work He has given us to do.  Who knows how many were converted by the exorcism and subsequent testimony of this woman upon her return home?  So, too, when we exorcise from our lives false gods and the sins that attend them, we too can bring many persons to the Lord through our words and example.

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