This week we’re looking at a rather strange story where Jesus seems to diss a frantic mom. You will want to make sure you watch Pastor Kathleen’s message to guide you as you talk about this story this week.
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From there he set out and went away to the region of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was there. Yet he could not escape notice, 25 but a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about him, and she came and bowed down at his feet. 26 Now the woman was a Gentile, of Syrophoenician origin. She begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. 27 He said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” 28 But she answered him, “Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” 29 Then he said to her, “For saying that, you may go—the demon has left your daughter.” 30 So she went home, found the child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.
Talk…Some context: The woman was a Gentile and Jews (like Jesus) were not allowed to associate with them. She was also of the wrong ethnicity (or race), providing another reason to steer clear of her.
Why do you think Jesus seems so dismissive of her at first? How do you respond to Jesus at this point in the story? What do you think he’s up to? Where do you see the grace of Jesus in this story?
Pray…for each other. For our world. For our church. For our family and friends.
Bless…each other by making the sign of the cross on each other’s foreheads and say: The LORD Bless You and Keep You.