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Matthew 15:24-25 [Jesus] answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.”
We have all inherited a mix of wisdom and prejudice, enduring guidance and outdated advice from the people who have raised us. Jesus was no exception.
Jesus knew in his deepest self that he was sent to retrieve and redeem lost sheep. The Canaanite woman’s tenacious faith asks Jesus to see everyone as part of that wayward flock, not just the inhabitants of Israel. As his encounter with the Canaanite woman illustrates, the miracle of God stretches us toward holiness through every person we meet, especially those we might wish to avoid.
MOVING FORWARD: When have you been humbled enough to change your mind about something you have believed for a long time? Are you still putting that change of heart and mind into practice?
Today the Church remembers Consecration of Samuel Seabury, First American Bishop, 1784.