THE LORD WANTS TO SAVE EVERYONE
I have sometimes spoken of the way Jesus has acted in history mingling with humanity, enabling it to follow His steps toward his deliverance. Jesus is born a Jew, he preaches to a Jew, but according to today's episode he also opens his ministry to the pagans. That is why the first important thing to be observed by the text is the entry of Jesus into pagan territory, after making it clear that impurity comes out from within man. By this, He rightly chal- lenges Jewish thought as to impurity in regard to certain foods, diseases, and foreign persons regarded as impious and idolatrous. The very presence of Jesus in a pagan environment indicates the confirmation of his teachings: the interior of man is the place both of the encounter with God and of his own misfortune. In the case of the text, Jesus reveals His interior all turned to the Father and to the good of mankind.
2. The woman of Greek religious culture and Syro-Phoenician nationality represents the pagan community of Mt and Mc. The text of Mt emphasizes, among other things, the "cry" of this pagan, the messianic connection of Jesus with David and a certain "indifference" of Jesus, assured by His disciples. It is, in fact, a process of true conversion and demand and courage to face the obstacles to the realization of the person in God. Two things emerge from this figure: first, she becomes aware of her status as a "little dog", according to the diminutive used by the evangelists Mt and Mc. She knows that, according to Jewish thought, she has no right to anything belonging to the Jewish world. Jesus brings this to your memory, makes you aware of this reality. What she would like to receive in this sense would be impossible. Second, she demonstrates a deep trust in Jesus, turns completely to Him, humbles herself by the need and certainty of power that transpires in the person of the Master: "Dogs eat the crumbs that fall from the tables of their masters." The rest is for her, as long as he comes to satisfy her needs. Jesus delights in the woman's humble response and, even at a distance, fulfills her desire by freeing her daughter.
3. The mission of Jesus is, in advance, inaugurated by himself. That which was reserved only after Pentecost, now has its beginning and missionary indication. The disciples, who were alone with Jesus for greater learning, had, through this situation, fulfilled the teachings of Jesus on what is pure and impure, emphasizing the heart as the place of the greater decision. Jesus admires himself with faith, with humility and self-giving of that woman. In fact, He is saying that the whole Church, that every baptized and baptized behave in the same way, in total abandonment in the hands of God and in the openness to the action of the Holy Spirit, so that all may be configured to the Risen Christ.
4. Acting in the world, the disciples must recognize in each person not the difference of culture, but what is excellent in it. It is important to remember that all people were created by God, so they have their marks, signs of His love, truth and fidelity. The other, the one who does not yet know Jesus Christ, is not the Devil's son, but a child of God in the order of creation. He may even live in idolatry, but this does not mean that he should be despised, or even more lead to death, for one sinner has no power over another, for both are the defendants of death because of sin. On the contrary, the proclamation of Truth is made according to the love and recognition of the importance of the other and its history. True transformation will only happen when the other person delights in the message announced and, humbly, desire it as the only richness of their life. Whoever has found the Word of God and the Law of freedom (cf. James 1: 22-25) and seeks to put them into practice, this is a salvific possibility for those who grope around the world.
Bem-aventurados os mansos, porque eles herdarão a terra; Bem-aventurados os que têm fome e sede de justiça, porque eles serão fartos; Bem-aventurados os misericordiosos, porque eles alcançarão misericórdia; Bem-aventurados os limpos de coração, porque eles verão a Deus; Bem-aventurados os pacificadores, porque eles serão chamados filhos de Deus; Bem-aventurados os que sofrem perseguição por causa da justiça, porque deles é o reino dos céus; Bem-aventurados sois vós, quando vos injuriarem e perseguirem e, mentindo, disserem todo o mal contra vós por minha causa.(Mt.5)