Pondering for Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Daily Office Readings for Tuesday of Proper 27 Year 1

AM Psalm 78:1-39; PM Psalm 78:40-72 Neh. 9:26-38; Rev. 18:9-20; Matt. 15:21-28

“He answered, ‘It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.’ She said, ‘Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.’ Then Jesus answered her, ‘Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.’ And her daughter was healed instantly.” (Matthew 15:26 – 28)

Faith, what we believe, can cause us to do strange things.  This Gentile woman with a sick daughter comes to Jesus who first refuses to helper her, and then, captivated by her faith, fulfills her request.

I can remember a similar experience in my beginning of church life in 1979.  A Marine friend took me to his church, St Anne’s Episcopal Church, Memphis, Tennessee. I then felt that I needed to be a part of that church.  I was the only person of color attending Sunday services.  Loose talk was accidently shared with me that maybe I wasn’t welcome there by everybody.  I talked with the priest and he said that if I was not welcomed, neither was he.  The priest felt my faith and included me as part of the communion.  I was baptized there on the Easter Vigil of 1980.  This dog was fed from the Master’s Table.  Thank You Jesus

We must follow our faith even when it is uncomfortable to do so.  Learning the Book of Common Prayer was much more challenging than trying to make the congregation like me. (smile)  Seriously, you must have faith, and follow it no matter what the obstacle or resistance there may be.  It matters not whether you are a modern day Gentile (an outsider), your so-called race, your disability, your so-called social status or anything.  Faith and perseverance will get you food from the Table.

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do.  John+

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