Feb. 21, 2022
Wow! Did Jesus just refer to that Gentile woman as a dog? That doesn’t sound like Jesus at all. To the Jews, Gentiles were contemptible and they had as little to do with them as possible. Both Jesus and the women knew this. Jesus’s words to her reflect that His message, the gospel, is for the children of Israel first; the woman would have understood this yet she says that the dogs eat the crumbs the children leave behind. The St. Ignatius Catholic Study Bible footnotes that by her remark “she reveals her humility and her perserverance”. I think she also reveals her faith in Jesus and Jesus never walked away from anyone who had faith in Him because to have faith in Him was (and is) to have faith in the Father Who sent Him.
I have to chuckle; we tend to think scholars know so much more than we do – and very often they do but neither the St. Ignatius nor the King James Study Bible has even mentioned the ‘spit’ in verse 33. I’ll follow the inclination of the scholars and just not try to figure out the spit – must a God thing (wink).
There’s an interesting difference in the St.Ignatius and the King James when it comes to ‘Ephphatha’; King James refers to that word as a ‘sigh’, St. Ignatius refers to it as a command – “Be opened”. I suspect it may be both.
Verse 36 makes me laugh out loud. Poor Jesus – He keeps telling people not to tell anyone of the healing He’s done for them and off they go telling anyone who’ll listen! Humans, by and large, are not very good at keeping secrets – regardless of how small the secret may be. But these ‘secrets’ are so HUGE how could anyone NOT tell the whole world about them? It’s simply beyond our human ability to keep our mouths shut, especially in regard to miracles. We should be proclaiming Christ from our roof tops, with megaphones, under brightest kleig lights to let the world know THIS IS JESUS!