"It's not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs..."
This morning, when I read this familiar Gospel, I had this image of Jesus wincing, shaking his head every time it is read and saying, "I wish I hadn't used the word dogs!" It is a bit wince-worthy, but hey, it was probably a hot and exhausting day. The bottom line is that Jesus listened to the woman, admired her faith and, in the end gave her what she desired--healing for her daughter. Pray-As-You-Go invited us to contemplate this woman of great faith. What are some of her qualities? Well, she was persistent, bold, tenacious. She was a mom who was passionate about her daughter's needs, like most moms. She was probably an 8 on the Enneagram--fiercely loyal, fighting for another. We are also invited to pick out what qualities we would like to emulate in this woman. I would say her faith and humility. She was willing to create a scene, kneel down in the dirt and ask Jesus for a favor--a favor, not for herself, but for her daughter. That takes tremendous humility and selflessness. Jesus tells her that it is her faith that has healed her daughter, too. So, there we are. A great example of asking God for what we need--with faith and humility! Love, heidi