In the gospel passage we see that Jesus went to the Gentile territory near Tyre and Sidon. Here is a chance for the Gentiles to encounter and experience Him.
The Jews considered that the Gentiles were destined for hell. A woman had no regard in Jewish society. In the Gospel passage we see a Gentile woman (the lowest of the low) approach Jesus with a terrible problem. Her daughter is possessed by a demon. What is her attitude to Jesus. She addresses Jesus as “Son of David” and as “Sir”, both terms of respect. It is obvious that she has taken the trouble to find out about Jesus and His power over demons.
Her address is a cry of desperation and mercy. Even though Jesus apparently ignores her we see that
Jesus answer in verse 26 regarding “children’s food” could also be looked upon as the heavenly banquet that is reserved for believers – the children of God and not for unbelievers.
Falling at His feet can be regarded as an act of worship and utter humility. As a result of her great faith, humility and persistence she is rewarded with healing of her daughter.
Reflection: Am I humble and persistent in my prayer? Do I have faith that God has the power to do anything, all that I ask for?
Am I willing to accept what God gives me in His own time?
Do I pray for people of other faith, for their well being?
Like the disciples do I tell God “Send her away”?
Let us pray like the Canaanite Woman “Have mercy on me sir!” “Help me sir!”