The Canaanite Vocation Director

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For 5 August 2020, Wednesday of week 18 in Ordinary Time, 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.

About Megan McElroy OP

Megan joined the Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids in 1988. Having served previously as a pastoral associate in Michigan, a high school theology teacher in Illinois, and as Co-Director of the Collaborative Dominican Novitiate in St. Louis, Missouri, she now serves on her congregation’s leadership team. Megan received her DMin in Preaching from Aquinas Institute of Theology in 2017.