Jesus shows mercy
Today’s New Testament reading
is a story of Jesus
being moved from judgment to mercy.
We are reading from Matthew chapter 15,
beginning with verse 21.
Jesus left that place,
and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon.
Just then a Canaanite woman from that region,
came out and started shouting,
Canaanite woman: Have mercy on me,
Beloved One [Lord], Son of David.
My daughter is tormented by a demon!
Storyteller: But Jesus did not answer her at all.
And his disciples came and urged him, saying,
‘Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us.’
Jesus: I was sent only to the lost sheep
of the house of Israel.
Storyteller: But the woman came,
and knelt before him, saying,
Beloved One [Lord], help me!
Jesus: [rough tone]
It is not fair to take the children’s food,
and throw it to the dogs.
Canaanite woman: Yes, [Lord]
yet even the dogs eat the crumbs,
that fall from their masters’ table.
Jesus: Woman, great is your faith!
Let it be done for you as you wish.
Storyteller: And her daughter was healed,
Here ends the reading.
May God bless our hearing