[Jesus said] “Oh, woman, your faith is something else. What you want is what you get!” Matthew 15:28
There are only a few examples of Jesus interacting with women during his ministry. Women had their place–behind the scenes. One woman gave Jesus a chance to reconsider his position. Her daughter was ill. She had heard of the healing miracles of Jesus, and bravely approached wanting a moment of his time. The disciples tried to put her in her place. Jesus even got a bit short with her as she got down on her knees and begged, “Master, help me.”
One can almost imagine the exasperated look on Jesus’ face when he said, “It’s not right to take bread out of the children’s mouths and throw it to the dogs.” (vs. 26). But the woman would not give in to such an insult (dogs were considered even lower than women). She said, “You’re right, Master, but beggar dogs do get scraps from the master’s table.” (vs. 27) All she wanted was a scrap of mercy to heal her daughter. Jesus heard her, and the girl was healed.
Women no longer need to beg for attention from anyone with authority. In my lifetime, I’m likely to see a woman in the Oval Office doing something other than cleaning up the crumbs (or other messes) under the President’s desk.
Lord, help us stand firm on what we believe and to ask for what we need. Amen.