The story in Mark is an unusual one. The gospel of Mark is full of people arguing directly with Jesus or specifically going and doing something he has told them not to do. But the Syrophonecian woman is the one person in this gospel text who argues with Jesus and essentially wins her argument. There is some political code language going on here. First, this is a woman approaching a man. When Jesus denies her request, she plays point and counterpoint. But beyond that, she is at a socio-political disadvantage. She's a gentile...not from Israel, not Jewish...why has she approached Jesus? He must be wondering the same thing. Her witty response stops him and moves him and somewhere, he does "the right thing," healing her daughter. A lot of writers focus on what Jesus must have learned in this passage. But we wonder, how hard was it for this woman to approach him and then to stand her ground? Did she believe that Jesus was changed by the exchange?
What are the places where you make sure justice is done....you know, the smaller-scale places?
Are there ways you have found that help you be more aware of these types of needs?
Have you ever been turning away from helping someone, only to be challenged by your decision to do that?
What have you learned or gained from the widow, the orphan, the resident alien?
What have you learned as the widow, the orphan, the resident alien?
We pray that we are challenged daily
...moment by moment
to see all people
as beloved community
to see all people
as worthy of our attention
Help us engage with one another
outside of our comfort zone,
and stretch us
for your work
in this world.
© matt & laura norvell 2009 www.settingourstones.org
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