Reflection on Mark 7:24-30 ~
How many times in your life have you changed your opinion after carefully listening to the opposing view? Isn’t that what Jesus himself does with the Syrophoenician woman? She was not of the same culture as Jesus and his initial human reaction was to effectively ignore her. However, her argument touched His heart causing Him to re-consider the situation and truly pay attention to her needs. Does this painful story of honest compassion touch a nerve for you?
Mark 7 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
The Syrophoenician Woman’s Faith
24 From there he set out and went away to the region of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was there. Yet he could not escape notice, 25 but a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about him, and she came and bowed down at his feet. 26 Now the woman was a Gentile, of Syrophoenician origin. She begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. 27 He said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” 28 But she answered him, “Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” 29 Then he said to her, “For saying that, you may go—the demon has left your daughter.” 30 So she went home, found the child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.
Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Mark 7:24-30.