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20th Sunday, based on Matthew 15:21-28

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.


Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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About Kieran Healy, OP

Fr. Kieran directs retreats and welcomes visitors to St. Benedict Lodge, a retreat house of the friar's Province of the Holy Name in the woods of Oregon. In addition to retreats and camping, St. Benedict's is a house of prayer for those who would like some quiet time, a chance to participate in the daily prayer of the church, or just take advantage of the beautiful setting. In the past, Fr. Kieran has worked a pastor, a retreat director, a campus minister in both the United States and Kenya, and most recently as the student master of the Province of the Most Holy Name.