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Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20

Janice B. Scott

Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32


In today's gospel reading, Jesus seemed reluctant to heal the Canaanite woman's daughter. He told her that he wasn't sent to help foreigners, but only his own people, the Chosen Race. The words sound unnecessarily harsh, but perhaps this is an interpretation unique to Matthew, for this story only appears in Matthew's gospel, which was written for Jews. By contrast, in Luke's gospel, which was written by a Gentile for Gentiles, Jesus heals many foreigners, and Luke is at pains to point out on a number of occasions that the foreigners are more spiritual than the Jews.

One such story is the healing of the ten lepers, which only occurs in Luke's gospel. Although ten lepers were healed by Jesus, only one - the foreigner - returned to thank him (Luke 17:11-19). One of the points that has always intrigued me about that story is Jesus' final comment to this grateful Samaritan. He says, "Go your way. Your faith has made ...

This sermon, No strings attached, is based on Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32 and relates to Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 of Cycle A of the lectionary. This sermon on Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32 is just one of over 800 resources created by Janice Scott for The Village Shepherd (a component of SermonSuite). SermonSuite also offers online sermons, professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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