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'Lord, Help me.' Sunday Reflections, 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

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Christ and the Canaanite Woman, c.1500, Juan de FlandesPalacio Real, Madrid                           [Web Gallery of Art]Readings(New American Bible: Philippines, USA) Readings(Jerusalem Bible: Australia, England & Wales, India [optional], Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa)  GospelMatthew 15:21-28 (New Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition, Canada) 

Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon.Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.”But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, “Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us.”He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.”