January 22, 2012: Matthew 15:21-28, Told for Younger Children
Antiochian Archdiocese Department of Christian Education · January 15, 2012
One day, a woman from Canaan met Jesus. She begged Jesus to have mercy on her. She wanted Him to heal her daughter. Her daughter was being hurt by a demon. (Demons are bad spirits that try to keep people away from God.)Jesus did not answer the woman.
After a while, Jesus’ disciples begged Him to send the woman away. They did not like that she was bothering them. Jesus said, “I was only sent to help Israelites, not Canaanites.
The woman heard what Jesus said and knelt down in front of Him. She asked again, “Lord, help me.”
Jesus said, “It would not be fair for me to do a miracle for a Canaanite when I am supposed to be helping Israelites. That would be like taking bread away from hungry children and feeding it to dogs.”
The woman said, “That is true. But even dogs get to eat crumbs that fall off their master’s table.”
When Jesus heard this woman’s answer, He told her, “You have very great faith! Let it be just as you wish.” That very hour, the woman’s daughter was healed.
What did the woman want Jesus to do?
Why did Jesus’ disciples want to send the woman away?
Jesus told the woman that He was supposed to help Israelites, not Canaanites like her. But she kept asking. Did Jesus finally heal her daughter?
What about you? Do you ask Jesus for help? What will you ask Him to help you with today?