Readings for the Week of September 8

Psalm 125Proverbs 22:1-23James 2:1-17Mark 7:24-37

Once again, Jesus is breaking through the barriers of conventional morality. The Syro-Phonecian woman was a Gentile and a Canaanite. She heard of this new miracle-worker coming from Galilee so she sought him out to seek help with her daughter. The girl was demon possessed. Her mother was desperate. Jesus was Jewish.

Jesus heals the girl. He commends the mother's faith. He crosses a new frontier, quietly inviting those outside of Judaism to the table from which the crumbs fall to the "little dogs."

Grant us, O Lord, to trust in you with all our hearts; for, as you always resist the proud who confide in their own strength, so you never forsake those who make their boast of your mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Paul Hill