Mark 7:24-30 is the story of a Gentile mother asking Jesus to heal her sick daughter. Jesus replies first by telling her that he is only here for his people, the Jews, and asks why he should share. But in her wisdom and despair the mother replies that even the dogs in a household receive the scraps of food from the table. Jesus heals her daughter.
This is another passage that reinforces that God's vision is not for a people of God, but of a God for all people. Specifically, God is for the sick, weak, forgotten, left behind, oppressed, fearful, etc. Again, we can look back to Matthew 5-7, the sermon on the mount, and it's be-attitudes. God is not for the Jews, or the Christians, or the Muslims, or the Atheists, or the rich, or the mighty, or the powerful. God is far deeper than one ethnicity or nation or type of elite. God's love is deep enough and wide enough to find each person in this world and keep trying to love them. God's hope is deep enough and wide enough to be hope for everyone, not just the elite, the ethnically pure, or the powerful. Even a non-Jew recognized this, and was willing to trust her vulnerability with the popular teacher in the area, that preached this good news gospel to everyone. She believed and her daughter was healed. Do we really believe that God can be found in anyone? Makes me think a bit of the food critic's long speech/review at the end of Ratatouille...
Children can follow along in Shine On page 214 and other stories of healing in Spark page 300 and 390.
Daily Prayers to recite, remember and live by:
Lords Prayer (198 in Shine On, 278 in Spark)
Psalm 23 (129 in Shine On, 160 in Spark)
Events & Evites:
Tory - Pastor of Children and Youth Faith Formation.