April 7th Lenten Devotion

Faith of Canaanite Woman

Daphne Grant Urban

Matthew 15: 21-28

The Canaanite woman is from Palestine and is known to be a pagan.  But the distress and trouble of her family, namely her daughter, brought this woman to Christ.  This is similar to a lot of people, there is often a need that drives people to Christ.  Christ is merciful and never drives people away.  This woman begged Christ for his mercy, fully knowing that she’s a sinner.  The disciples however didn’t like this form of public attention at all.

A strange woman crying after them?  Just awful!  Jesus didn’t listen to this woman initially, did he? But it is the duty of the parents to pray for and to get help, for their children.  And this woman said that her daughter had “demon-possession.”  Christ alone can heal people who have been captured by the devil.  Christ’s grace heals people who are in dark and perplexing places.  This Canaanite woman believed this, so she begged for Christ’s mercy to help heal her daughter.  This woman, when she begged for Jesus’ help, was not offended at the implication of being called a gentile dog.  She was quick to respond in a way that could give her advantage. She talked about how little dogs eat crumbs that fall from their masters.  This shows that she had great faith in Jesus.  He granted her wish and healed her daughter.

God, you have called us to love you and show you mercy.  Thank you for loving us even if you disagree with us.  Be with us as we call out to you!  Amen.


Daphne Urban is a Luther Seminary Student and ELCA Supply Pastor in Bemidji, Minnesota


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