Sunday, September 6, 2015
Scripture: Mark 7:24-37
Wait. What did Jesus just call her?
When the Syrophoenician woman asks Jesus to heal her daughter, he basically calls her a dog. It was a disparaging term typically aimed at women of her descent. A racial slur, with sexist overtones. Are we really talking about the same Jesus?
The jarring nature of that exchange has led biblical scholars to seek alternative readings of this text. He was just kidding! He didn’t mean it! Can’t women take a joke?? Etc. And maybe they’re right about Jesus trying to be ironic to make a point… but I don’t find that assumption helpful. The truth is, Jesus was a man in a time when men held certain kinds of privilege. Jesus was a Jew in a place where Jews held a position of privilege. It’s complicated…but as we know, privilege does funny things to people. Even good people. Maybe even Jesus people…
Maybe Jesus at the beginning of this story is not the Jesus we think we know. But maybe, throughout the exchange with this woman in need, we witness Jesus BECOMING the Jesus we know. We see him change his mind. We see him turn around and follow her after all. We see him perform a miracle. And then another.
Everybody has that one great teacher… Maybe she was his.
Who was yours? Who was that person who awakened you to the kinds of privilege you enjoy, and the ways it might be harmful to others? Who has helped open your eyes to a broader worldview? Who has led you to challenge cultural assumptions about race, gender, or poverty? That’s what I’ll be thinking about, till we see each other Sunday. - Rev. Erin Wathen, Senior Pastor
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