Dear Family in Christ,

The Canaanite woman asked Jesus to help her daughter who had a problem. At first, Christ “did not answer her a word,” St. Matthew tells us. Eventually, being greatly impressed by the Gentile woman’s faith, He restored her daughter to normality. What are we to think when Christ seems silent in our situation? Should we use that time to “grow” our faith? Could it be an opportunity for us to make sure that we put first things first?