September 23, 2022

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 evil 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 their dogs.” “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “but 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.–Mark 7:24-30
All over America various interest groups are vying for a seat at the table. Whether we want to admit it or not, we all want to be included. We all want a seat at the table. We want the benefits of participation in decision-making. We want to be engaged in the process of resource distribution. To do these things you must be seated at the table.
This Friday’s text reminds us that sometimes we have to push beyond preestablished boundaries in order to get our seat at the table.
This Friday’s text teaches us that most times we have to persistently present our request in order to get a seat at the table.
This Friday’s text teaches us that sometimes we have to disregard the designated boundaries in order to get our seat at the table.
The gospel writer Mark tells us about a wealthy Gentile woman who seeks a seat at the table in order to get relief for her demon possessed daughter. Mark tells us that this woman is culturally Greek and hails from Tyre, a wealthy Gentile region that had little contact with the Jewish community which they had historically exploited economically ...
Matthew’s version of this text tells us that Jesus has withdrawn from the Gentile area and now sits at the table teaching his disciples. Without a doubt the disciples didn’t want to be bothered with this mother because of her gender, her race and their religious beliefs. But this woman’s need to get relief for her demon possessed daughter caused her to push beyond gender restrictions, racial restrictions and even religious restrictions.
Will you push beyond societally imposed boundaries in order to get your seat at the table?

Yours In Community Transformation.

 Rev. Gillard S. Glover

 

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