Day 24: October 8, 2013
In Jesus’ time, custom dictated that the Hebrew people and Gentiles had limited contact with one another. Men and women also did not have direct contact except within families.
In this scripture lesson, Jesus is alone when a woman comes into the room. She is not only a woman, she is also a Gentile. Jesus looks at her because she should not be there. This woman knows that also. However, her daughter is very sick. So instead of being afraid of custom, she comes to ask Jesus to heal her daughter.
Though Jesus first goes along with the rules about relationships, the woman will not give up. Finally, Jesus agrees and heals her child. How great it would be if we would all be as persistent as this woman when it comes to helping a child!
God in communion, Holy One, help us share your unconditional love for all people -- children, women, and men -- all people. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Peachtree Corners Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)