Today can be one of those Sundays when the readings are not easy to figure out. Jesus says some things in today’s gospel that seem to display prejudice. But let’s be clear. That cannot be true. Prejudice is sinful. Jesus cannot sin. While he is fully human, he is also fully divine. It cannot be the case that Jesus can sin. Period. So what is going on here in the gospel?
Keep in mind that we cannot see facial expressions. We cannot sense tone. It is not clear what the setting is. But what is clear is that Jesus is a teacher. And rather than Jesus learning, it is Jesus teaching. He is in a non-Jewish area of Israel. He knows the mission is to everyone. But it is not clear the disciples do. And it is not clear the disciples understand the connection between miracles and faith. It is faith that heals the woman’s daughter. And by the way Jesus handles this woman, and his disciples, we come to know his mission is universal.