May they rest in Peace
Separatism had always been a feature of the People of Israel. Jesus’ opponents accuse him of offending against traditional Jewish rituals of purification. However, His Gospel message and mission are not merely confined to the Chosen People of Israel but are offered to the world for the salvation of all people.
While other Old Testament texts stress the superior rank of the first-
Paul reminds the Christians at Rome that all things are transient except God’s gift of grace. The pagans who had strayed far from God through sin had been reconciled by that grace. Salvation is not achieved by slavishly following the law but by faith in Christ’s power to save. Paul is hungry for the conversion of his own Jewish people and is convinced that one day they will be reconciled through the grace of Christ’s resurrection.
The evangelist seeks to reveal both human and divine attributes in the person of Jesus. At the human level he seems as if to tease the foreign woman: after all his mission was primarily to the People of Israel, he likens her to a dog begging for scraps. Responding to Jesus’ challenge from the depths of her own great faith, the women too seems to understand her position and her place at the Master’s table and so she is healed.
Nic Guard, Jonathan Eley, Austin Bryant
Joan Prior, Mary May, Joanne McCann
Stanley Chiura, Eileen Jude, Wesley Leachman
Bernadette Judge, Eileen Pinner, Gloria Soar
Kim Nichol, Bernie McNamara, Michael Clements
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Thus says the Lord: Have a care for justice, act with integrity, for soon my salvation will come and my integrity be manifest. Foreigners who have attached themselves to the Lord to serve him and to love his name and be his servants – all who observe the sabbath, not profaning it, and cling to my covenant – these I will bring to my holy mountain. I will make them joyful in my house of prayer. Their holocausts and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar, for my house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples.
Let me tell you pagans this: I have been sent to the pagans as their apostle, and I am proud of being sent, but the purpose of it is to make my own people envious of you, and in this way save some of them. Since their rejection meant the reconciliation of the world, do you know what their admission will mean? Nothing less than a resurrection from the dead! God never takes back his gifts or revokes his choice. Just as you changed from being disobedient to God, and now enjoy mercy because of their disobedience, so those who are disobedient now – and only because of the mercy shown to you – will also enjoy mercy eventually. God has imprisoned all men in their own disobedience only to show mercy to all mankind.
Jesus left Gennesaret and withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. Then out came a Canaanite woman from that district and started shouting, ‘Sir, Son of David, take pity on me. My daughter is tormented by a devil.’ But he answered her not a word. And his disciples went and pleaded with him. ‘Give her what she wants,’ they said ‘because she is shouting after us.’ He said in reply, ‘I was sent only to the lost sheep of the House of Israel.’ But the woman had come up and was kneeling at his feet. ‘Lord,’ she said ‘help me.’ He replied, ‘It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the house-