The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost (A)
“The One Who Hears”
August 20, 2017
Sermon Text: Matthew 15:21-28
Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Dearly Beloved of the Lord,
If only. If only the persistence of this Canaanite highlighted in our Gospel text was also the persistence of the Israelites… all the “lost sheep of the house of Israel” which our Savior mentions here. (Matthew 15:24)
If only the persistence of this Canaanite was also that of every Christian man, woman and child. If only her persistence was our persistence – yours and mine. As well as her humbleness, her humility, as she likens herself to of all things, a dog, and considered Jesus the Master, her Master.
I have shared with you before that unlike today, dogs back then were just that, just there, roaming around, not having the “pet” status… the “man’s best friend” status… of today. There were no Petsmarts, no pet doctors, no pet food. They ate whatever garbage was on the street and if one did make it into the house, as this woman attests to, they ate at best the scraps, the meager crumbs, which fell from the master’s table.
And she was perfectly willing to do likewise… to accept the same… crumbs of kindness, mercy, help and comfort from her Master and ours… Jesus.