17 Sun Aug 2008
For 17 August 2008, 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, â€œHave mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.â€ But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, â€œSend her away, for she keeps shouting after us.â€ He answered, â€œI was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.â€ But she came and knelt before him, saying, â€œLord, help me.â€ He answered, â€œIt is not fair to take the childrenâ€™s food and throw it to the dogs.â€ She said, â€œYes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their mastersâ€™ table.â€ Then Jesus answered her, â€œWoman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.â€ 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.