The readings today give us two people with courage. The first was Caleb of the Tribe of Judah, and the second was a Canaanite woman.
When the Israelites came out of Egypt, making for the Promised Land, Moses sent twelve young men up into the Land of Canaan to see if it could be conquered. After forty days the group returned, reporting that the conquest should not be attempted, because the cities were too well fortified, and the warriors were like giants.
However, Caleb, one of the twelve, urged Moses to initiate the attack, since God was for it.
In the Gospel we have the Canaanite woman whose daughter needed help, and come hell or high water she was going to get that help. She wouldn’t let the disciples push her aside, and she wasn’t fooled by Our Lord’s apparent reluctance to help her. Calling him "Lord," she turned herself into a little puppy, pleading with him.
Jesus had just been testing her, and when she showed her spunk, he was delighted with her. When our cause is right, God wants us to fight for it.