Canaanite Woman

The Canaanite Woman — Faith to Move Mountains

"The Woman of Canaan at the Feet of Jesus" (detail) Jean Germain Drouais [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Jesus heals the daughter of the Canaanite woman because her faith was so great. He rebuked the disciples because their faith was too little. Matthew’s gospel here is teaching us something very important about the nature of the faith needed to move mountains. Reflection on the Mass readings for the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) — Isaiah 56:1, 6-7; […]

The Great Faith of the Canaanite Woman

Photography © by Andy Coan

The apostles thought she was a nuisance and asked Jesus to get rid of her. Jesus had gone to the region of Tyre and Sidon, modern-day Lebanon, and a local woman approached him for a favor. This was pagan country, home turf of the infamous Jezebel. The inhabitants of these parts were fondly referred to as “dogs” by their Jewish […]

The Canaanite Woman

Editor’s Note: Reflection on the Mass readings for the 20th Sunday of Ordinary Time (Year A); Isaiah 56:1, 6-7; Psalms 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8; Romans 11:13-15, 29-32; Matthew 15:21-28 The apostles thought she was a nuisance and asked Jesus to get rid of her.  Jesus had gone to the region of Tyre and Sidon, modern-day Lebanon, and a local woman approached him […]