Two kinds of persons are before us today. The first are blind nit-pickers who see only what they want to see—Jesus violating some laws. The second is a foreign woman who also sees only what she wants to see—a daughter healed. Listen to Jesus respond to each of them. The first group is the Pharisees and scribes; Jesus angrily confronts them with truths that go far deeper than external regulations. Jesus does a kind of spiritual karate, seeking to chop through the resistance with blows of truth. He praises her for pursuing what she wants, after passing a test in humility as Jesus pretends to put her off.
Find yourself in these two episodes. Is there anything that Jesus is telling you about what you are seeing, and what you refuse to see? Take to the heart the teaching of Jesus about what makes for a defiled life.
What are these?
One with You in heart and lips v. 8
Nurture flowing from my mouth v. 17
Crumbs from your table, enough v. 27
Nourished by Your sacred bread. v. 37
This is the eighth of thirteen weeks in Pentecost, Year A.
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We continue reading the Gospel of Matthew.
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