𝗜𝘁’𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗣𝗮𝗿𝗶𝘀𝗵 𝗨𝗽𝗱𝗮𝘁𝗲 — 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗟𝗼𝗿𝗱’𝘀 𝗟𝗼𝘃𝗲 & 𝗣𝗹𝗮𝗻, 𝗢𝗖𝗜𝗔, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗠𝗼𝗻𝗱𝗮𝘆𝘀 𝘄/𝗠𝗼𝗻𝗶𝗰𝗮 & 𝗔𝘂𝗴𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗲
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News from P.I.T. (Pastor in Training)
Sometimes we come across a Gospel reading where we initially hear it and don’t know how to react! The Sunday reading of Jesus initially rejecting the Canaanite woman is perhaps one of them. We may see Jesus’s treatment and response to her harsh and difficult to comprehend. Isn’t our faith in Jesus Christ based on his willingness to die for EVERYONE? Why does Jesus ignore this woman and then compare the Canaanite people to dogs?
I’m sure there are various ways to approach this Gospel passage. One approach is to ask the question, “Could Jesus be testing the woman’s perseverance even in the midst of persecution, which is something the Apostles will eventually have to learn themselves?” I, however, would like to approach today’s Gospel with this main proposition about our own brokenness: When God’s actions don’t match up with our will, we seem to always perceive God’s actions as harsh and questionable.
Have you ever wanted God to act or respond to a problem in your life? And what happened when your prayers were not answered in the ways you wanted them to? Did you throw a fit? (As I have done many times) Did you feel like God didn’t have a plan for you, let alone love you?
Yet, what is clear
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