In the story preceding this passage we see Jesus has gone to the other side of the sea, and now he has returned again to the other side of the sea. It is important to note that no matter the healing, no matter what side of the sea, Christ blesses without partiality; Jew and Gentile, near and far, clean and unclean.
We must approach education of children in the same way, showing no partiality. All children are worthy of a fulfilling education that lifts up, supports, and gives opportunity. May we work to be a part of such a just system.
Holy God, even when it is hard, help us to minister without partiality. Give us confidence in our abilities to speak on behalf of all children. Help us to follow your footsteps of radical love. Amen.
Rev. Laura Phillips
First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana