February 14, 2019
She replied and said to him, “Lord, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s scraps.”
Then he said to her, “For saying this, you may go. The demon has gone out of your daughter.” (Mark 7:29)
I have never been much of a fan of the “squeaky wheel” mentality. Being a squeaky wheel does seem to be effective, but I have been on the receiving end of some of that squeaking and it can be very annoying! There were a number of times I caved in to the squeaking just to make it to stop.
In today’s Gospel, the Greek woman begs Jesus to help her daughter. Jesus seems to be dismissing her, but that does not deter her; she is persistent. She believed her daughter could be cured, and she believed Jesus was the One to do it.
Jesus was able to filter out the squeaking. He knew that she would continue not fought through the rejection unless she truly believed He could grant her request. Ultimately, this belief, this faith, was rewarded and her daughter was cured.
Jesus hears the prayers of a faith-filled heart.