He said in reply, “It is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their masters.” Then Jesus said to her in reply, “Woman, great is your faith. Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed from that hour.

(Matthew 15:26-28)

Lord, you praised the Canaanite woman for her faith, but not before you had first ignored and then rebuked her. Were you testing her? If so, she succeeded in her perseverance and her logic. She acknowledged that you had come first for the children of Israel but asserted that there were enough scraps for the pets, too.

When you reassured her, you said, “Let it be done for you…”

At the Annunciation, Mary said, “Be it done unto me.”

Even when you seem not to hear us, you want us to seek you, to pursue you, even to persuade you. Could we do that without faith?

Let it be done for us, Lord. We trust in you.

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