|Daily Office Readings 4 February 2019 AM Psalm 56, 57, ; PM Psalm 64, 65 Isa. 51:17-23; Gal. 4:1-11; Mark 7:24-37|
“But she answered him, ‘Sir,* even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs” (Mark 7:28)
So this Syrophoenicia Gentile woman doesn’t mind being treated as less than human for the sake of her daughter. She goes to another religion, another culture, another tradition to find God on earth in the person of Jesus. She humbles herself enough to accept the leftovers of grace and healing for the benefit of her child. There is no doubt in her mind that this Jesus can cure her daughter, it’s a matter of will he.
What I learn from her is to humble myself for the sake of others. Jesus is a loving and sacrificial healer and needs to know that the requester is loving and sacrificial as well. This is about accepting whatever we can get for the sake of the other. Thank you Jesus.
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying through and to God’s people.
I love to go a pondering #4:
So what are the steps to authentic humility? I think it is about loving to learn but not for the sake of building one’s self up but rather to learn how to best care for others. This is the kind of understanding that Solomon asked God for, not for himself, but the wisdom he needed to best lead the people God put under him. Solomon said to God, “ Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil; for who can govern this your great people?” (1 Kings 3:9) For authentic humility our priority must be first and foremost the care and nurture of others. God hears and answers this kind of concern.
“Ponder anew what the Almighty can do.” (From the 3rd verse of Praise to the Lord)