The Lives Of The Rich And Famous
Thursday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time Scriptural Readings: Genesis 2:18-25; Psalm 128:1-2, 3, 4-5 Mark 7:24-30
My dear encountered couple:
Jesus “entered a house and wanted no one to know about it, but he could not escape notice.” Such is fame. The lives of the rich and famous are crowded with onlookers and autograph hounds. They have gone public, and for the rest of their lives on earth, the public will seek them out - for better or for worse.
Jesus was well known for his cures and riches of love. Such power and goodness attracts. He was known here in the pagan territory of Tyre and Sidon as he was in Israel. He was sought out by this Syro-Phoenician woman. The word used in regard to her, the word dog, was not a put—down to her as in the sense it is now. It was a Jewish term for Gentiles, those not Jews. Jesus really came to teach the Jews first. They later were to spread the word to the Gentiles. Because this pagan, Gentile woman appealed to the God of the Jews and believed, her requested miracle was granted.
Let us always remember that God’s love accepts any person who sincerely wants it. It is not the private property of Jews nor Christians. The sole right of possession does not belong to Catholics, Baptists, Presbyterians, Fundamentalists, nor whomever. God and Jesus are for all.
God is rich and famous. He wants you to pursue him, to seek him out. You don’t really have far to look. Remember? He is always with you. For He is pursuing and seeking out – YOU!