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DG BookGospel: Mk 7:24–30
When Jesus left that place, he went to the border of the Tyrian country. There he entered a house, and did not want anyone
to know he was there, but he could not remain hidden. A woman, whose small daughter had an evil spirit, heard of him,
and came and fell at his feet. Now this woman was a pagan, a Syrophoenician by birth, and she begged him to drive the


demon out of her daughter. Jesus told her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the puppies.” But she
replied, “Sir, even the puppies under the table eat the crumbs from the children’s bread.” Then Jesus said to her, “You may go
your way; because of such a response, the demon has gone out of your daughter.” And when the woman went home, she found
her child lying in bed, and the demon gone.

 

Reflection:

Those who truly love will go to great lengths to ease the burden
or help their beloved. The Syrophoenician woman is an example of this. She
is a mother. Her daughter is oppressed by an evil spirit. She knows that no
self-respecting Jew would entertain her, much more a respected and popular
teacher like Jesus. But her love made her daring but at the same time meek.
She dared cross the social boundary separating her from Jesus but humbly
present her plea. In front of a seeming negative answer, she swallowed her pride
and pressed on. Her love for her daughter is stronger than her pride. That is
why Jesus is conquered, conquered by a love that does not give up. Because
it mirrors His own and His Father’s tenacious love for humanity gone astray.

 

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