She said, “Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their masters.” Then Jesus said to her in reply, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed from that hour.
Jesus had just appeared to insult a woman who had asked that He heal her daughter. He had said that it was not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs. The woman was a Canaanite…and the Jews did not associate with them. However…she persisted. She did not react in malice to the insult. Notice how Jesus was not concerned about her personal religious beliefs…but simply whether she had faith in Him. Jesus showed His followers in an over-the-top, dramatic fashion that He did not come to give God’s unconditional love only to the Jews…but to all people. Who are today’s outcasts…rejected and not included…regarded as “not us” or “the enemy”? How can I channel God’s love to those people? How can I…even while perhaps disagreeing with the “other” still work for unity instead of division? How can I be changed by God’s love for all?
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