Jesus’ “Mean Streak”: Testing the Canaanite Woman

Today’s reading from the Gospel of Matthew is a confusing one. I mean, Jesus is usually such a nice guy! Was he just having a bad day? Why is he so crabby with the Canaanite woman?!See what I mean: • First, she cries out to him, and he outright ignores her. • Then, when the disciples ask Jesus to send her away, he responds—reminding them that he was sent only to the house of Israel, and not to this foreigner. • He rejects her yet a third time when she pleads for help, and he insists that it’s n … [Read more...]