Each person is a child of God.
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Soon a woman whose daughter had an unclean spirit heard about him. She came and fell at his feet. The woman was a Greek, a Syrophoenician by birth, and she begged him to drive the demon out of her daughter. He said to her, “Let the children be fed first. For it is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs.” She replied and said to him, “Lord, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s scraps.”
Why do we ostracize people?
It’s likely all about scapegoating…when a person or group is made to bear the blame for others or to suffer in their place.
We pick out someone to blame for our problems.
It’s easy to just blame a whole group of people who are somehow different from us than to look at ourselves and make changes.
The woman in today’s scripture verse was the scapegoat.
She was not part of God’s chosen people…at least that’s what the Jews would have thought.
But God has no boundaries.
Whether Jesus was simply testing the woman’s faith with his rude treatment or it was a transformational moment for him…who knows for sure?
But the woman was not going to accept that her daughter wasn’t worth healing!
Jesus would later become the scapegoat, the one blamed by the religious and government leaders as the problem that needed to be eliminated.
He showed us quite clearly the horrendous sin of the blame game.
We are all called to look past our differences and to see Christ in each person.
May we each do so!
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Remember…God loves you!