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The Syrophoenician Woman’s Faith

Lenten Meditation-Mark 7:27-30

27He 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.’ 28But she answered him, ‘Sir,* even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.’ 29Then he said to her, ‘For saying that, you may go—the demon has left your daughter.’ 30So she went home, found the child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.

Prostrated at Jesus’ feet in the act of total submission, this woman heard the stories of Jesus and believes.  The power to heal flows through this man in abundance. A mother’s love for her daughter flows from her in abundance. This is her power to heal. This is her saving grace. She humbles herself and accepts any crumb of the abundance that Jesus will offer. And, Jesus abides.

The Lord is there for all with faith. She was not a Jew, so Jesus tests her conviction.  He tells her that the feast is not for the gentiles, but for the children, the chosen; the abundant feast is theirs first. She does not deny this, nor does she scorn this. She takes what Jesus has said and makes it more abundant. This feast is for all. Maybe she heard the story of the loaves and fishes. The crumbs from that feast filled twelve baskets. And she asks only for this one cure, this one crumb. She abides; she shows great faith and humbleness and is rewarded.

Christ can conquer evil at any distance. The spirit of the Lord cannot abide evil, when the power of faith is turned upon it. The daughter is healed through the faith of her mother and the pure love of Jesus Christ.

Prayer:  Dear Lord, I have not let my faith be seen– I ask too often for more than the crumbs– I am not humble. Here You have taught me that I need to worship with the humility and grace of this woman. I pray that I can learn and remember. Amen.





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