We might consider the reason Jesus gave for his not being able to help the Canaanite woman, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” (God had sent him only to minister to Jewish people.)
In our Catholic grade school we used to examine the Gospel according to Matthew every spring, and for each story I made up a question to which the kids had to give a written answer.
I followed this story with the question: “Was it right for Jesus to minister only to Jewish people?
Some kids answered that it was wrong, because everyone needs help from Jesus. Other kids said it was right, because whatever Jesus did was right. The answers I liked best was that it wasn’t the right time for helping other people, One kid even followed that up by saying that the Bible had a saying about there being a right time for everything.
What we like about the woman’s answer is that she showed spunk. We all love women who show spunk when it comes to looking out for their children.