Thursday, February 12, 2009
Today's gospel is a nice fit w/ yesterday's post....
I've never liked today's gospel - it is from Mark 7:24-30 where the Syro-phoenician woman comes seeking a healing for her daughter and she is told, by Christ himself, that she is no more than a dog!!
How could Christ do this? Meek and mild??!! Ha! He's mean and nasty!
No, he's not. He is all-wise and knew that while the comment - the process of receiving the blessing, the healing - might not be comfortable it was necessary. Necessary for whom is under debate and discussion . Necessary for the woman to develop her persistence. Was it necessary for the listeners in the house who would expect Jesus to send her off as He is a Jew - imagine their amazement to see Him not only take her 'backtalk' but give her the healing she asked.
Was it merely necessary for us - the Christians of the 'future' who would debate and debate what it meant? I'm not sure.
All I know is that I remember this reading when I am praying for something from God - I don't give up and I'm known to give Him some backtalk. I also remember than my own pride often stands in my way of the blessings God wants to send. I need to be willing to humble myself and ask for what I want.....