Fr Ed Homily 08-03-22: A Difficult Passage

Categories: HomiliesPublished On: August 3rd, 2022Tags: , 687 words20.8 min read
A Difficult Passage
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A Difficult Passage

This gospel reading has caused concern and questions for thousands of years. The passage is: “It is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs.” Even today we do not call people names or refer to others in derogatory ways except to incite anger and division. Just watch the news to see how unkind we can be to others.

Some scholars think that this is a turning point in Jesus’ ministry, that is moving from the Jewish people to include all people. Others think Jesus was testing her faith. Why would he test her faith? This is the only occasion where Jesus ministered outside if Jewish boundaries. Did he need to be assured of the faith of non-Jewish people?

There are other questions you could propose. I think we would end up in the same situation, not really understanding. In faith, we come to places where we just must believe and, in this case, I believe that what Jesus is doing is justified even when I do not understand. Faith.

With the mother of the child who is sick, now I can identify with her needs. Think of your children. We want the best for them. When they are sick or hurt would we not do all we could to ease their suffering or pain? Of course, we do.

And not just for your children, but would you not also do that for your spouse? And it does not stop there. I work with many people who have aging parents that at some point need to make the decision to move into a nursing home. You work hard to make sure they will be provided for in a safe and loving fashion. You would not want the scraps thrown their way.

What is remarkable is that this woman had faith, a faith she did not understand but Jesus recognized her faith. Would Jesus recognize your faith?

May the Lord bless you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen

Fr Ed Anderson
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Fr Ed Anderson

Fr Ed Anderson
Email: fatheredanderson[at]gmail.com
Phone: 715.817.3736

St. Joseph Church - Rice Lake
Holy Trinity - Haugen
St. John the Evangelist - Birchwood
Our Lady of Lourdes - Dobie

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