Reflection on Mark 7:24-30

It is the story about Jesus
as racist
that gives me insomnia,
the way he can call this woman
with the mentally ill child
a dog, because
that’s how he learned it
growing up.

I want to throw away
the orthodoxy
about Jesus being human
as well as divine,
that is wrapped up ugly
in this story –
this is no Bethlehem.

I want to ignore or explain
so many things,
instead of simply
opening my hands for the gift —

she challenged him,
he listened to her,
and they walked away healed.

Later and for us
he let them tell the story.

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7 Responses to Reflection on Mark 7:24-30

  1. sugruerm says:

    When the ugliness of racism and sexism are resolved the beauty is awesome. This shocking and amazing story has long been a favourite of mine. We are offended by our hero not behaving as we would wish. But this woman was undeterred continuing to debate with spirit and intelligence. Despite being trapped in his culture he listened and let her change his attitude.

  2. Maren says:

    Wait a minute — that’s my sermon for next week!

  3. Maren says:

    … definitely think alike!! And you and I are definitely great minds.

  4. celestem579 says:

    Dear Maren,

    ‘Read your poem as I struggled with the lectionary to preach this Sunday. I’ve attached some poetic prose, that which has become my sermon. I think I have befriended her, her sister and the Jesus given to us in Mark’s Gospel.

    Attached for a time you may find to enjoy it.

    God bless, Celeste

  5. Maren says:

    Hi Celeste, This WordPress format doesn’t sustain an attachment — I would love to read your piece. Can you send it to giftsinopenhands@gmail.com Thanks so much.

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