Solidarity

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“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

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Listen to my song “All Are One” on YouTube by clicking HERE.

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Mark 7:26-29

The woman was a Greek, a Syrophoenician by birth, and she begged Jesus 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.” Then he said to her, “For saying this, you may go. The demon has gone out of your daughter.”

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Either Jesus is a very rude person or there is more to this story than meets the eye!

Since we know that Jesus is not rude, then there must be another reason for his apparent rudeness.

The Jews believed Jesus was their Messiah alone.

But I think Jesus used this situation to expand their viewpoint.

Jesus is very perceptive of other people as to their hang-ups and foibles.

I’m sure he realized that this woman, a Gentile, was probably used to being treated rudely by Jews.

But Jesus intuited that she had a deep faith in God.

So he gave her the opportunity to display that trust.

This isn’t the only time that Jesus healed people outside the Jewish faith with no questions asked.

It seemed that all they really needed was faith, a belief in a Higher Power.

Jesus was always about erasing human-made boundaries and restoration of wholeness.

Because, as one of the seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching (Solidarity) states, “We are one human family whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological differences.”

Each of us needs to ask ourselves if we are on board with that, and if not, why?

To live as if we are all lone rangers is to live in delusion.

As Thomas Merton said: “What we have to recover is our original unity. What we have to be is what we are.”

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About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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