Day 23 – Monday, April 1, 2019
Healing a demon-possessed girl
Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon.
Just then a Canaanite woman from that region
came out and started shouting,
“Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David;
my daughter is tormented by a demon.”
But he did not answer her at all.
And his disciples came and urged him, saying,
“Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us.”
He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.”
He answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s food
and throw it to the dogs.”
She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs
that fall from their masters’ table.”
Then Jesus answered her, “Woman, great is your faith!
Let it be done for you as you wish.”
And her daughter was healed instantly.
Does this passage of Matthews Gospel invoke questions in your heart?
Well consider this question:
Have you ever found yourself considering your own actions in a previous situation,
and thought “I could have, or should have,
handled that situation in a more loving Christian way?”
Perhaps that is the lesson here.
Forgive me when I fail to be an example of the love of Jesus to the people I meet.
Grant me, by the power of the Holy Spirit, the wisdom to do better in the future.
In the name of Christ Jesus I pray, Amen.