Gospel – February 13, 2020 – Mark 7:24-30
Jesus went to the district of Tyre.
He entered a house and wanted no one to know about it,
but he could not escape notice.
Soon a woman whose daughter had an unclean spirit heard about him.
She came and fell at his feet.
The woman was a Greek, a Syrophoenician by birth,
and she begged him to drive the demon out of her daughter.
He said to her, “Let the children be fed first.
For it is not right to take the food of the children
and throw it to the dogs.”
She replied and said to him,
“Lord, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s scraps.”
Then he said to her, “For saying this, you may go.
The demon has gone out of your daughter.”
When the woman went home, she found the child lying in bed
and the demon gone.
Remember the parable of the old woman and the dishonest judge? Jesus said she was persistent and eventually the judge gave her a just verdict.
Today’s Gospel story is that parable come true. Jesus tells her he is here for the “children”, or Jews. But for love of her daughter she is willing to humiliate herself by breaking in on his retreat, begging him and by arguing for her daughter. And like the old woman in the parable she gets what she wanted.
Jesus casts out the demon from his quiet place of retreat. Her persistence and focus paid off.
Do we get discouraged when our prayers aren’t answered right away? Do we move onto something else?
If we hope for a positive we response, we should be focused and pray until we are rendered a just verdict.
At least that’s what I heard Him say…