“Lord, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s scraps.” Then He said to her, “For saying this, you may go. The demon has gone out of your daughter.” When the woman went home, she found the child lying in bed and the demon gone. (Mk 7:28-30)
While at Mass this morning, I was moved by the encounter from today’s gospel (Mk 7:24-30). A Syrophoenician woman fell at the Lord’s feet, begging for a demon to be expelled from her daughter. Jesus responded with a seemingly harsh comment that would have probably angered many of us, “Let the children be fed first. For it is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs.” Unfazed, the kneeling woman then replied, “Lord, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s scraps.” Jesus then healed her daughter BECAUSE of what she said.
May I always find myself like that woman, KNEELING before the Lord, HUMBLY accepting His response (even if I don’t like it) and PERSISTENTLY asking for the graces I need to get through the day and remain close to Him!