Thursday 14 February 2019

About Today Readings

Ss Cyril and Methodius.

Genesis 2:18-25. Psalm 127(128):1-5. Mark 7:24-30.

Happy are those who fear the Lord – Psalm 127(128):1-5.

‘Even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.’

A gentile woman comes begging for Jesus to help her daughter. Jesus tests her: ‘It isn’t right to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.’ Undaunted, the woman names Jesus as Lord, answering that even the dogs get to eat the children’s leftovers. Demonstrating great faith in Jesus’ power to heal, she compels him to act for the good of her daughter. Jesus is taken aback by her faith, and asks her to return home, where she will find her daughter well again.

This is a story of restoration at a time of great upheaval for this mother and daughter. Jesus enters their lives as a blessing on the entire family.

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