MARY, OUR MOTHER

Tuesday, August 05, 2008


SCRIPTURE COMMENTARY # 302

And behold a woman of Canaan who came out of those coasts, crying out, said to him: "Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David: my daughter is grievously troubled by a devil." Who answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying: "Send her away, for she crieth after us:" And he answering, said: "I was not sent but to the sheep, that are lost of the house of Israel." But she came and adored him, saying: "Lord, help me." Who answering, said: "It is not good to take the bread of the children, and to cast it to the dogs." But she said: "Yea, Lord; for the whelps also eat of the crumbs that fall from the table of their masters." Then Jesus answering, said to her: "O woman, great is thy faith: be it done to thee as thou wilt": and her daughter was cured from that hour. (Matt. 15:22-28)

BOTH MIRACLES WERE WROUGHT ON GENTILES: Our Lord wished to show that, provided they would believe, the Gentiles had a share in the kingdom of the Messiah, even if the Israelites, by reason of their election as God's people, had the first claim.

[From 'A Practical Commentary on Holy Scripture' by Bishop Knecht, D.D.]
(1899 Douay-Rheims Bible)