A Woman Has a Debate with Jesus


Matthew 15:21-28


A woman asked Christ to heal her daughter

Who was possessed on her way to slaughter.

At first, Christ did not answer the woman.

The Apostles asked to send her away.


Jesus said, “I was sent for the lost sheep.”

The woman then asked for help again.

Jesus said, “Children’s food is not for dogs.”

The woman replied, “The dogs eat the scraps.”


Jesus said, “O woman great is your faith.”

Then He cured her daughter at that hour.

What can we learn from these humble verses?

When we ask for help, do not use curses.


All the lost sheep need help that is divine.

Jesus provides it, if we do not whine.


Patrick McCaskey


Patrick McCaskey is a Vice President and Director of the Chicago Bears, Chair of Sports Faith International, and Chair of WSFI Catholic Radio 88.5, as well as poet and the author of our Sports and Faith Series. He is also a grandson of George “Papa Bear” Halas.  McCaskey’s latest book is Tuition Rebate.   Patrick McCaskey’s Poems About the Gospel and Poems About the Gospel II are books for all seasons where readers can find a few words of encouragement in every poem–both books are available from Amazon.

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