26 He said in reply, “It is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs.”
27 She said, “Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their masters.”
28 Then Jesus said to her in reply, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed from that hour.Matthew 15: 21-28
Today’s Bible Quote of the Day Reflections
Jesus was preaching to all the nations during His ministry here on earth. He did not discriminate anybody regardless of their tribe. He preached the Good News of the Kingdom of Heaven extensively in the regions of Tyre and Sidon where He oftenly visited.
You should not get confused by the statement from Jesus that, “It is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs.” Jesus did not actually want to demean the people of Tyre and Sidon that they are inferior to the people of Israel, but He wanted to critically test the faith of the woman. He wanted to know if the woman really believed that He was the Son of God. If the woman did not have the faith, she would have retorted back and defend herself and her people. She actually rose above that perceived insult by Jesus and stuck to her faith and believe that Jesus would heal her daughter.
This great faith by the woman prompted Jesus to grant her wish and her daughter was healed of the demon that had invaded her.
So, what does this reading teach us today? It teaches us that God can use anything possible to test our faith in Him. Jesus used the verbal insult on the woman, God used the sacrifice of Isaac to test the faith of Abraham and also used the devil to test the faith of His servant Job.
So, let us not always jump to the defence of our egos when challenged on matters spirituality. Our first and foremost responsibility is to come to the defence of God and our faith.
I know everyone is familiar with the phrase “one calamity followed close on the heels of another”. It means when trouble strikes it is followed closely by another and another until you see as if God has forsaken you. May be, when this happens, God is testing your faith in Him. If you crack under pressure, He will know you have dwindling faith. If you stand strong and say that may God be praised during good and bad times, then you will be rewarded ten-fold of what you may have lost.
Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, We confirm our faith in You that You are the Saviour of the world. Continue showering us with Your Graces and Mercies so that our faith in You may never dwindle. Amen.