20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“O woman, great is your faith!
Let it be done for you as you wish.”

The faith of the Canaanite woman is remarkable, and Jesus says as much. This is a confusing passage from our viewpoint: is Jesus learning something about his ministry, or is this incident hyperbolic — is Jesus using this incident for the greater honor and glory of God?

Whatever its intent, the story is there for us, and whatever it meant for Jesus, or however He used it, our task is simply to put it in practice in our own spiritual lives. How persistent are we in prayer? How often do we come to Jesus with great faith asking for our salvation?