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Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Sep 9th)

The Pastor's Summary of Mark 7:24-37

In Galilee, Jesus has challenged official Judaism over the authority of non-biblical traditions and has taught that ritual purity is irrelevant. He now travels to the coast, a largely Gentile area. The woman is Gentile by birth and of non-Jewish origin; she seeks healing for her daughter who is possessed by evil. In Jesus' statement the children are presumably Jews; Jewish writers sometimes referred to Gentiles as dogs.  Jesus says that he comes principally to Jews, but note that both Jews and Gentiles are at or near the table.  The woman's witty retort shows that she has faith in him: there is a place for non-Jews in God's plan. Jesus accepts her claim. The daughteris completely cured.