Sunday, December 5, 2021

A Reflection by Rev Alistair McLeod for Sunday 5th September 2021

September 9, 2021 by  
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Mark 7:24-37

Do we always treat everybody with the same respect or acceptance, are there some people we treat differently, perhaps treating generously those we know as friends and much less so, even dismissively, those we do not consider to be our friends? The Bible tells us that such discrimination is unworthy and we are encouraged to treat the poor with the same respect as the rich and exhorts us to share what we have with those less fortunate than ourselves.

The gospel today sees Jesus away from Jerusalem in Tyre. He attempts to be unnoticed and wants to keep a low profile. However, his presence is discovered by a Syrophoenician woman who asks him to exorcise her daughter. Jesus seems dismissive as they banter about food for the children and scraps that fall from the table for the dogs to eat. At this stage Jesus understands his ministry first to the children of Israel, not to the Gentiles. The Gentiles are to participate in the new creation, but that would only follow after the message had been spread in Israel. Matthew’s account of this encounter records Jesus’ response as acknowledging her great faith and Jesus, recognizing her faith, heals her daughter.

Great things can happen if we have faith to believe that Jesus can and does intercede on our behalf.

A Prayer for you:

Lord Jesus, because we know that even if are facing our darkest hour, or when the future looks bleak, that you will always hear our cry and respond and reinforce our fragile faith.  When we are feeling low and alone, it is easy to forget that you are always there and willing to listen to our prayers.  Lord, during those dark days make us aware of the light of your love so that we can be strong in the faith.  Amen  

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