The Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost
The gospel reading that we will hear today easily makes us cringe. Jesus referring to this crying, foreign mother as a ‘dog’ does not sit well. Yet her faith, however, overcomes any pride in her that might react negatively: ‘Even the dogs eat the crumbs…’ Jesus is impressed. Jesus is moved. Jesus heals.
We also hear today a number of readings that point to the radical love of God for the whole world. God is not culturally biased. God is not beyond the concern of any people group. This reality has led followers of Jesus into some of the most life-transforming relationships, to translate the Bible into more languages that any other book, and to gather churches all over the globe. Here is a call to love beyond borders.
God’s radical love for all the world is celebrated in these readings. May it also be celebrated in our lives.