Corona Virus Day 89 Daily Devotion

Do the Loving Thing-Wear Your Mask in Public…
Act for the Common Good…
Spend 20 Minutes in Prayer and Silence…
Keep Trying Not to Touch Your Face…
Join in “Joy Hour” at 5:00…
Keep our Confirmands in Your Prayers…
“This Too Shall Pass”…
Remember, Covid-19 is a Public Health Issue…
Not a Religious Liberty Issue…
Plan on Attending Worship…It’s Youth Sunday!
Remember Those Who Offered Their Lives…
Be Grateful…
Remember the Joy of Your Wedding Day…
Be Open to the Guidance of the Holy Spirit…
It’s Rainy Friday, but Sunny Sunday is Comin’…
Pray Psalm Sixty-Seven…
Let Justice Roll Down Like Waters…
Take a Break, You Deserve It…
We Will Get Through this with God’s Help…
Congratulations Jade and the Class of 2020…
Congratulations to Lyla Sinisi, middle schooler…
Congratulations Rowan Collins, middle schooler
Enjoy God’s Verdant and Bright Creation…
Spend a Few Minutes with the Church Survey…
Be Thankful for this Chapel and its People…
Reflect God’s Radical Hospitality…
Welcome the Chapel Survey Call…
Give Thanks to God for our Care Deacons…
Enjoy the Sunshine…
Asking God’s Forgiveness…Juneteenth…

The Word is living, being, spirit,
all verdant greening, all creativity.
This Word manifests itself
in every creature.
Hildegarde of Bingen,
German Benedictine abbess, mystic

Scripture
Matthew 15:21-28

He answered,
“It is not fair to take the children’s food
and throw it to the dogs.”
She said, “Yes, Lord,
yet even the dogs eat the crumbs
that fall from their masters’ table.”
Then Jesus answered her,
“Woman, great is your faith!..”

Jesus has journeyed north of Galilee into a non-Jewish territory, seemingly to take a break from ministry. Having heard of his miracles a gentile women begs him to heal her daughter. Now, all the gentiles know what the Jews think of non-Jews, even so, the words of Jesus must have sent a chill through the crowd. “It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” Dogs! Yes, that’s what many Jews called non-Jews. Dogs! But, surely not our Jesus. Surely he doesn’t think in those terms.

Scholars try to explain this away by saying that Jesus is trying to be faithful to the commission from God to minister to the chosen people of Israel alone. And, perhaps Jesus is truly struggling with being faithful to God and not being perceived as a traitor to his people…which might discredit him and bring to an end his ministry of salvation. Maybe this is so, but maybe Jesus is just expressing his humanness and the culture of his time.

Regardless, one thing for sure. The gentile woman gets the last laugh. You see, it is usually those mean Pharisees, scribes, or chief priests that ask Jesus a question that sets him up to deliver the punchline. This time it’s the other way around.

The woman accepts Jesus’ point of view and then turns it to her own advantage. “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.” Jesus has just been put in his place by a gentile woman, yet to his credit he takes it in stride and replies, “Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish”

Perhaps the lesson for us is that “faith” is trusting in God’s plan even when it’s not what we expected. Faith is clinging to Jesus even when his response is not what we expected or even what we want it to be. Maybe Jesus is asking us today if we have enough faith to see God’s strange and unexpected plan working out all around us.

Meditation

In a time of silence and meditation reflect on a time when you were totally surprised by a portion of scripture you read. Or, a time when your prayer was answered in an unexpected way. Or, a time when a sermon challenged you to see things from a totally new perspective. How did your faith survive through these surprises?

Closing Prayer

Lord, give us the faith to ask for your help in times of uncertainty and the humility to hold onto our faith, but on your terms. Amen.

This devotion will only be complete if you bring it to a close enjoying this uplifting song that Tamara blesses us with today.

May the grace and peace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ,
be with you now and forevermore…
Pastor Paul