Answering Antitheses

by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND on 08/14/2014

in Ordinary Time

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time–Cycle A
August 17, 2014

“Let it be done for you as you wish.”
(Matthew 15:28a)

Answering Antitheses

The ways of humans are:
Friends—Foreigners,
Nation—Nations,
Jesus—Paul,
Israelites—Gentiles,
Justice—Injustice,
Obedience—Disobedience,
and the result: wars, wars, wars and disunity.

The ways of God are not like human ways.
In the mind of God, disobedience does not birth war, but mercy.
God’s way is to forgive, then give mercy, which begets peace and unity.

Interesting Confrontation—Jesus and the Persistent Canaanite Woman

“Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David.” (Matthew 15:22b)
Silence, not a word from Jesus!
“Send her away,” plead the annoyed disciples. (Matthew 15: 23b)

Jesus answers this time. “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.” (Matthew 15: 24b)
But the persistent woman did him homage saying, “Lord, help me.” (Matthew 15: 25)
Unbelievably, Jesus answers with a slur, calling the woman dog!
Undaunted, the Canaanite responds, “Please Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their masters.” (Matthew 15: 27)
Indeed, she did please the Lord, for he said, “O woman, great is your faith!” (Matthew 15:28a)
At last, the woman hears the answer she had persistently pleaded for from Jesus,

“Let it be done for you as you wish.” (Matthew 15:28b)

For Reflection and Sharing:

  1. What lessons do the readings of this week teach about unity and disunity?
  2. Why do we have wars rather than peace in the world?
  3. Whose foremost responsibility is it to create peaceful harmony?
  4. Where should this harmony begin?
  5. Which word or phrase touched your heart in your pondering?
  6. What is your heart’s response?
  7. What does this scripture sentence from Romans mean to you?

“For the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable.” (Romans 11:29)

 

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