The Cathedral Connection 20 August 2017

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At home we have a golden retriever called Kobe.  He is nearly two years old and his favourite place to sit at dinner time is under the table. The rule in the house is to not feed him but somehow this seems to be a rule in name only as those around the table all seem to find something on their plates that they are willing to give him.

In today’s Gospel Jesus says, “It is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs.” In Jesus’ time the word “dogs” was a common colloquial expression among Jews for Gentiles. In this story, Jesus is on one of his few visits outside Jewish territory. The woman who speaks to him is non-Jewish. Her reply to Jesus is, “Even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their master.” Jesus responds by telling her she has great faith.  Why?

Because even though she is an outsider, someone who on the face of it did not qualify to be in Jesus’ company, let alone hear anything he had to say, through her great suffering she is determined to access the power of this person she has heard about. She will take whatever scraps she can get. Her first thought was not am I deserving of this. She was just persistently determined to be open to receive whatever this man Jesus could give her.

Just like Kobe sits under the table and is open to anything we give him, we too are invited to be open to receiving God’s grace and mercy, totally unearned and complete gift. We don’t receive it because we are good but because God is good. What’s more, the underlying theme running through all the readings today reminds us that this is freely available to everyone, all peoples, all nations, the world.

With every blessing
Fiona Rammell, Lay Pastoral Leader

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