Yesterday at Mass our priest gave a homily with which I had a few problems. Just for everyone's recollection this was the Gospel reading yesterday:
21 And Jesus went from thence, and retired into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon. 22 And behold a woman of Canaan who came out of those coasts, crying out, said to him: Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David: my daughter is grieviously troubled by the devil. 23 Who answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying: Send her away, for she crieth after us: 24 And he answering, said: I was not sent but to the sheep that are lost of the house of Israel. 25 But she came and adored him, saying: Lord, help me.
26 Who answering, said: It is not good to take the bread of the children, and to cast it to the dogs. 27 But she said: Yea, Lord; for the whelps also eat of the crumbs that fall from the table of their masters. 28 Then Jesus answering, said to her: O woman, great is thy faith: be it done to thee as thou wilt: and her daughter was cured from that hour.
According to our priest, the woman was used by God to show Jesus that His mission was to more than the "lost of the house of Israel". Our priest said that up to this point in the Gospel, Jesus was not fully aware of His mission
. I wish I had a recording of the priest's homily, because he made several statements that suggested the priest thought Jesus was somehow unclear about who He was, and what He was here to do.
Perhaps some with greater knowledge than I could speak on when Jesus became "aware" He was God. My understanding was that Jesus was always aware, but His human nature impeded the implementation of His mission until He reached adulthood. That is to say, when Jesus was a child, He knew He was God, but with His normal age-limited human intellect, He could not adequately discuss His Divinity, or function as Savior, until He reached adulthood.
What does everyone else say?