Not everyone knows the “shocking” episode in the Gospel of Matthew [15, 21-28], which we are referring to by our provocative title.
“At that time”, says the evangelist, “Jesus moved to the area of Tire and Sidon. And a Canaanite woman, who came from that region, began to cry out: «Have mercy on me, Lord, son of David! My daughter is very tormented by a devil»”.
Do you know what Jesus answered to her? At first, nothing at all.
“He didn’t even say a word to her”, explains Matteo.
But that’s not all.
At that point, the disciples, a little annoyed by the screaming woman, try to convince Jesus to listen. And that’s when Jesus rattles off a couple of answers that would stagger Pope Bergoglio.
“I was sent to the lost sheep of the house of Israel only“, he replies dryly. And, after the woman continue to insist, he adds: “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs“.
At this point something happens which, again according to Christian interpretations, marks a turning point.
The woman, in fact, accepts the humiliation and replies: “It’s true, Lord, yet the little dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table“.
It is only at that point that Jesus is convinced (“Woman, great is your faith”) to help her and heals his daughter.Continua a leggere