It’s a wonder, isn’t it, how available Jesus makes Himself to us? — to all who move toward Him in faith.
In this passage, the dust on Jesus’ sandals speaks the truth of His weariness, and yet when a Greek (Gentile) woman, desperate for her little girl to be freed from an impure spirit, falls at His feet and begs for His healing touch, He listens and responds by driving out the demon. His authority met her unbridled faith in Him and “She went home and found her child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.”
According to Jewish law this Gentile woman was an “outsider,” but not according to Jesus. She called to Him as her Rabbi, and He answered her, bringing freedom to her child.
His ears are open to the prayer of any who call upon His name in faith. This woman approached Him in her own unique way. How do you tend to approach Jesus? What do you notice when you do? Does any particular word or image come to mind regarding your encounter with each other?
“Courage is not the absence of fear, it is the presence of faith.” (author unknown)
Mark 7:24-30 (NIV)
Jesus left that place and went to the vicinity of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know it; yet he could not keep his presence secret. In fact, as soon as she heard about him, a woman whose little daughter was possessed by an impure spirit came and fell at his feet. The woman was a Greek, born in Syrian Phoenicia. She begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter.
“First let the children eat all they want,” he told her, “for it is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”
“Lord,” she replied, “even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.”
Then he told her, “For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter.”
She went home and found her child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.
For reflection and prayer:
1. As you listened to the passage, were there any words, phrases, or images that stood out to you?
2. Try to imagine what it would be like to not be able to keep your whereabouts a secret? Dialogue with Jesus about this mutual experience.
3. This Greek (Gentile) woman of faith came to Jesus by falling at His feet and begging. What are some of the ways that you come to Jesus? How does He seem present to you in these encounters? What do you notice about His posture toward you? And yours toward Him? Are there any word(s) or image(s) that capture this for you?