In today’s Gospel, Mark 7: 24-30, a Syrophoenician woman approaches Jesus, asking that He heal her daughter, that is, to “drive out the demon” that possesses her. Jesus says to the woman: “Let the children be fed first. For it is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs.” Sounds harsh; doesn’t it? Jesus was sent first to the children of Israel, not to Gentiles—that is what He is telling her.e is telling her . The woman is not deterred in her request and says to Jesus: “Lord, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s scraps.” Jesus then commends her for her faith and immediately heals her daughter. “For saying this, you may go. The demon has gone out of your daughter.”
Jesus is teaching His disciples that God reaches out to both Jews and Gentiles, that is, that God has come to save all people, not just the Jews.
As we pray over upon this passage, we may reflect upon our own faith in Jesus and the “demons” from which we need to be healed. What weaknesses within us keep us from doing the good that God has planned for us today? And who in our families and among our relatives needs Jesus’ healing touch so that they, too, live up to their potential as children of God, created to let their light shine for all to see and from which others can benefit, being drawn , also to living a life of faith in God, in oneself and in others who need us to show the way to the Father?