Who is Jesus talking to?

Draughting Theology

The Revised Common Lectionary has done us a favor this week by combining two stories of Jesus’ healing ministry.  The first is a doozy, and left on its own, as is the option in  Proper 15A, would make for a tough sermon.  Instead, we get the going and coming of Jesus’ northernmost trip to Tyre in the Gentile land of Phoenicia.  Mark tells us that Jesus made the long journey to this seaside town for some vacation.  Unfortunately for Jesus, his attempt at being incognito in a far away land failed.

A woman hears that Jesus the healer is in town and she seeks him out.  Her daughter is tormented by a demon and she is desperate for help, so she musters up all her gumption and, though she has no reason to assume he will, she asks this Jewish Rabbi for help.  The encounter is shocking.  Modern readers are shocked…

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