… “For saying this you may go home happy; the devil has gone out of your daughter.” Mark 7:29
She was not of the lost sheep of Israel. The ministry of Jesus had been focused more on the Jewish communities of the Galilee region, though there were most likely Gentiles of all sorts among the crowds. This woman in particular had a persistence despite her outcast status. Furthermore, it was her daughter that needed to be healed. Females were not considered equal to men in the ancient Jewish society. Gentile women were considered even lower. But she loved her daughter too much to let herself be hindered by social status. She believed, based on what she heard about him, that Jesus had enough compassion to heal the girl. And despite his cutting remark and the disdain of his disciples, she was willing to take even the least bit of power the healer would offer. By this faith, Jesus dismissed her with good news.
Do we have persistence in our pursuit of Christ? Where is our love for someone else that we don’t give up seeking him? Do we let our outcast status define how close we can get to the Lord? Are we fearful of the comments of the religious? Do we maintain hope when even Jesus seems to distance himself from us? Are we willing to receive the most insignificant of blessings? Depending on how we answer these questions, we can have total contentment and inward joy or perpetual frustration and disappointment.
Your Brother in Christ,
Order of Saint-Simon of Cyrene