A Catholic Monthly Magazine

Sunday 16 August


20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Isaiah 56:1,6-7; Psalm 67; Romans 11:13-15, 29-32; Matthew 15:21-28

Great or little faith?

There is tension over whether Jesus “was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel” or to all peoples. This woman is one of many foreigners who recognise Jesus in significant ways. His words, “Woman, great is your faith”! contrast with his words to Peter and to the disciples, “You of little faith” (14:31; 16:8). The disciples’ solution to dealing with this different and difficult woman is to send her away. How do I deal with a person I find different or difficult? What can I learn from such a person?

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