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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for August 2, 2019

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FRIDAY, August 2

Mark 7:27 [Jesus] said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.”

Just a bit ago, Jesus was talking about sewers. And today we have one of the most infamous episodes in Jesus’ ministry: the day he calls a Gentile woman a dog. Go ahead and read all of our gospel reading for today. This is an actual conversation between Jesus and someone who is in need of encouragement and help.

What is your first reaction upon reading this passage? Why do you think Jesus talks to this woman in such a dismissive way? How do you feel about Jesus in this moment—or the woman?

These questions need far more space for reflection than a mere 220 words. I encourage you to seek out commentaries (online or in your church library) to help break these questions open or visit the Forward Day by Day Facebook page, where robust discussion about the scripture lessons occurs each day. Let’s ask these questions together, believing in the power of the Holy Spirit to help us learn something new.

MOVING FORWARD: When has your first answer to a question needed re-evaluation? How does this story encourage you?

PRAY for the Diocese of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

Ps 69:1-23(24-30)31-38 * 73 | 2 Samuel 5:1-12 | Acts 17:1-15 | Mark 7:24-37

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