Br. Martin Erspamer, OSB Jesus and the Canaanite Woman
Then Jesus said to her in reply, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And the woman’s daughter was healed from that hour. Matthew 15:28
Faith is certainty in the goodness of God, in the truth of God’s vision of love, compassion, and healing, and in our position as beloved, precious children of God.
The persistent, unshakeable faith of the Canaanite woman is unanswerable except by Jesus being God, showing God, acting as God in that moment to heal her beloved, precious daughter in love and compassion.
Waldemar Flaig, 1892-1932 Jesus mit den Jüngern im Sturm oil, by 1932 via Wikimedia Commons
But when [Peter] saw how strong the wind was he became frightened; and, beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught Peter, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” Matthew 14:30-31
Faith to walk on water. Faith to face the storm. Faith to battle the wind. Faith to walk toward God.
And when we begin to sink from fear, fatigue, stress, and anxiety, a little faith to cry out to Jesus to save us.
The Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes Basilica di Sant’ Apollinare Nuovo Ravenna ITALY 6th century
When it was evening, the disciples approached [Jesus] and said, “This is a deserted place and it is already late; dismiss the crowds so that they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves.” Matthew 14:15
Nothing can separate me from the love of God except my own refusal to love my neighbor as myself. Immigrants, refugees, the homeless, the ill, the elderly, those who don’t look like me or act like me or speak like me—we are all God’s precious children, worthy of love and respect and the best life has to offer.