This week we look at Jesus confronting and then healing the Syro-phoenician woman's daughter. The story calls us to look at the lenses through which we look at other people and see someone other than children of God. We are called to see differently because we are disciples of the Christ who goes into Tyre and confronts the lenses of his time, his people. Can we see past ours?
And yes, I really believe that politics belong at church. You have to listen and speak to other children of God with all the grace you expect from God.
Grant us, O Lord, to trust in you with all our hearts; for, as you always resist the proud who confide in their own strength, so you never forsake those who make their boast of your mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23
James 2:1-10, (11-13), 14-17
*"The scholars" I refer to in this case really is D. Mark Davis, a Presbyterian pastor who writes the blog "Left Behind and Loving It." I followed his sources from this week to Josephus.