Christ and the Canaanite Woman, 1783-84 (oil on canvas) by Drouais, Jean-Germain (1763-1788); 114×146 cm; Louvre, Paris, France
The Reading for Today: Mark 7:24-37
Words of Jesus abrupt and even rude…Such seems to be the case today. Recall the Marriage Feast of Cana when Jesus said to Mary about the wine running dry: “What is that to you and to me?” Here too, it appears to be unkind of Jesus to refer to the Syro-Phoenician woman as a dog!
However, the intent of Jesus is to place the faith of the foreign woman into strong relief. Jesus healed the woman with the hemorrhage; she knew that only a touch of the tassel on Jesus’ garment would be enough to be healed. This woman as well believes that only crumbs from the table of Jesus are all her daughter needs for healing.
The whole body of Christ is given to you in a crumb from the Communion table. One touch, one taste of the Master is enough.
The Reading for Today
This is the eighth of thirteen weeks in the season of Pentecost, Year B.
Fridays from now until Advent are dedicated to the Gospel of Mark.