We present here the text that will be read at Sunday mass, the 20th Sunday of Ordinary time, and we formulate some questions that might help us prepare to hear the reading.


21 Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. 22 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."

23 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."

24 He answered, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel."

25 But she came and knelt before him, saying, "Lord, help me."

26 He answered, "It is not fair to take the children's food and throw it to the dogs."

27 She said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table."

28 Then Jesus answered her, "Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish." And her daughter was healed instantly.

Questions for adults:

- Why did Jesus not answer the Canaanite woman?

- How does the woman react to Jesus’ refusal of her request?

- Why does Jesus change his mind?

Questions for kids:

- Why do the disciples ask Jesus to send the woman away?

- Instead of going away, what does she do?

- Why was her daughter finally healed?