James tells us to stop showing favoritism in the assembly, treating the rich visitor with more honor than the poor one. Jesus himself seems to show partiality in his first response to the Syrophoenician woman in today’s gospel. Was he testing her faith in saying Gentiles don’t deserve the goods meant for God’s children? Or was he speaking out of his human worldview, but transcended those limits when she took him by surprise with her reply? Either way, the story tells us that God shows no partiality. Everyone who brings her or his need to Jesus is received with equal honor as a child and heir.
Readings: Isaiah 35:4-7a, Psalm 146, James 2:1-10 [11-13] 14-17, Mark 7:24-37
After worship, join Rene for a conversation on the 150th Anniversary plans.
Next Sunday - September 13 - Brats with the Bishop! Join us for worship at 10;30, with Bishop Wayne Miller preaching.
Afterwords stick around for brats and conversation with the bishop.
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