Gospel: Matthew 15:21-28

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew.

Jesus withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon.  It happened that a Canaanite woman living in that area came and cried out to Jesus, “O Heir of David, have pity on me!  My daughter is terribly troubled by a demon.”  Jesus gave her no word of response.  The disciples came up and began to entreat him, “Get rid of her.  She keeps calling after us.”  To the woman Jesus said, “My mission is only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”  She then prostrated herself before him with the plea, “Help me, Rabbi!”  But he answered, “It is not right to take the children’s food and throw it for the dogs.”  “Yes, Rabbi,” she replied, “but even the dogs eat the scraps that fall

from the table.”  Jesus then said in reply, “Woman, you have great faith!  Your wish will come to pass.”  That very moment her daughter was healed.

The Good News as spoken through Matthew.

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