God Most Holy

20th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME August 20, 2017

"O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done

for you as you wish." This woman was an outside.

She was a Canaanite, not an Israelite, and as

such she would have been considered ritually

unclean. But she approached Jesus nonetheless

and asked for His help. And Jesus used this

opportunity to teach His disciples an important


In the verses directly before today's passage,

Jesus had told Peter that what defiles a person

comes from the Heart, not from ignoring external

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