He touched me!
This Sunday’s Gospel reminded me of its succinct explanation by St John Paul II in his book Crossing the Threshold of Hope (1995). According to him, the case of the Canaanite woman is particularly touching. At first it seems as if Jesus does not want to hear her request that He help her daughter, almost as if He wanted to provoke her moving profession of faith. “For even the house-dogs eat the scraps that fall from their master’s table” (Mt 15:27). He puts the foreign woman to the test in order to be able then to say: “Woman, you have great faith. Let your wish be granted.” (Mt 15:28).
The idea of Jesus putting someone to the test to evoke faith resonates with me personally because with hindsight, that is how I reacted to a stage 3 diagnosis I received some 17 years ago on June 22, 2000 – I firmly believed that the news was meant to put my deepening faith to the test because I had been consciously living a new life in the spirit for the previous five years.