There are different versions of the commentary on the “Dog-Woman” that I’ve worked on over the years, some being extensive and detailed productions of exegesis ripping to shreds politically correct non-sense, some being simple summaries. Here’s a summary of what is presented in the Gospel of Matthew. Perhaps it’s not very convincing in that there is no detail. Perhaps it’s not very enthralling in that there is no detail. But you’ll be able to see where I’m going with this, or better, where I’m being led by the text itself.
Some have asked why I think the “Dog-Woman” (always in scare-quotes by the way) is a young unwed mother. Well, that comes with an analysis of the details as being the scenario that answers the most questions with the most consistency.
Some have asked why I say that she is at the concentric epicenter of both the Gospels of Matthew and Mark. Let’s use letters for “passages”; what it means is that the Gospels from beginning to end are set up like this with J10 being the passage about the “Dog-Woman”:
Aa Ba Ca Da Ea Fa Ga Ha Ia J10 Ib Hb Gb Fb Eb Db Cb Bb Ab
When I first took a look at the “Dog-Woman” I was stunned by her purity of heart and agility of soul and her profound and joyful and trusting friendship with the Lord Jesus. That’s what brought me to do the more detailed exegesis which I’ll be working on in theses days, perhaps splitting up this one chapter into a few. After some years, I’m being drawn in once again to witness to this great woman of faith and the friendship she has with Jesus.
Some have asked what she has to do with discernment for the seminarian-Apostles. We’ll, they need to learn to listen. People don’t like this topic right now because some think Pope Francis is listening too much. Enough is enough! But let’s just pause for a moment and see what Jesus does with the “Dog-Woman” for the sake of their vocations.