20th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A – 15th / 16th August, 2020

In this gospel, we find another example of the common device used by Matthew to denote the movement of Christianity from a Jewish to a Gentile setting. Jesus has left the Jewish region around the Sea of Galilee and travelled north-west to the Gentile territory of what was ancient Phoenicia in Syria. Jesus’ fame has obviously spread even here, but the focus of the passage is not the cure but the dialogue.