The gospel reading for today contains a hint, perhaps the first for us, of Jesus’ intent for his ministries, first on earth and then for later. The “woman of Canaan” was indeed of lower status than even a Samaritan, but it goes beyond that. She was an outright foreigner to the Jews of Jesus’ time.
Elsewhere, in John’s gospel, just before the Passover in Jerusalem, some Greeks seek to meet Jesus. When Jesus hears of it, he knows that his time has come. This gives us some clue as to what he knew and his intent.