Perhaps Jesus has been looking for that time apart which he never was able to find, due to the pressure of the crowds to hear him, and the scribes and Pharisees to reject him. Jesus goes to the northern seacoast around Tyre and Sidon as a place of retreat by the sea. His reputation has gone before him. A pagan woman approaches Jesus and beseeches him to heal her daughter. Was the reason for his harsh response to the woman because Jesus did not want to give up on God’s chosen people? She refuses to take his remark personally, but rather presses on. She keeps to her purpose in coming to Jesus—to have her daughter healed. Jesus’ response to her faith brings joy to his heart, and healing to her daughter.
Is there anyone or anything distracting you from a relentless pursuit of your heart’s deepest desires in life? Does fear, pride, or lack of faith prevent you from pressing on for your miracle?
What are these?
Mercy on those tormented v. 22
Kneeling before Thee, my Lord v. 25
Crumbs from Thy table enough v. 27
Let it be done as I pray. v. 28
This is the twelfth of thirteen weeks in Pentecost, Year A.
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