He had been sick for two days with influenza, and, while having had some high blood pressure problems some years earlier, showed no signs for alarm. He simply failed to wake up one morning.
The family was unchurched and seemingly bereft of spiritual resources until it became evident that most of them were participating in twelve-step recovery programs. It was then evident that the most useful resource to assist them in their extreme grief was to put them back in touch with their Alcoholics Anonymous programs which had already helped them deal with other crises.
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Having squared off against Pharisees, Jesus crosses the border and ends up in the areas Matthew offhandedly calls “the district of Tyre and Sidon.” This is not exactly his old stomping grounds.
In fact, Tyre and Sidon were considered the most diabolically wicked of all Gentile cities, and were the perpetual target of Israel’s prophets. No sooner has Jesus stepped into this quagmire when he is stalked by a woman desperately seeking help for her daughter.
She knows he will consider her an outsider—but she is determined to push forward.
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Howling Good News For Some by David O. Bales Genesis 45:1-15
“Calm down. Calm down. I know what’s going on,” the chief steward said. Beside him a handful of Joseph’s Egyptian servants stood outside the royal complex looking around nervously. Joseph, already acting strange this morning, without explanation had swept his arms toward his servants and shouted, “Everyone out. Everyone out.”
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Genesis 45:1-5 This is a lesson about forgiveness. Martin Luther reminds us how Joseph’s forgiving actions were functions of God’s grace:
Therefore the Holy Spirit and grace are a medicine, so to speak, for nature – a medicine by which what had been ruined or destroyed in the original corruption through sin is set to right and restored. (Luther’s Works, Vol.8, p.16)
Elsewhere he makes the point in another, related way:
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.
As a seminary intern in St. Louis, Missouri, I was part of a Jewish-Christian Dialogue group. We were seeking to understand one another's traditions, work together for the good of our neighborhoods, and promote tolerance and respect in society. I had been invited into the group by a member of the church at which I was serving. She grew up Jewish, and in recent years had, in her words, "completed my faith" by gaining an understanding that Jesus is the Messiah foretold by the prophets of Israel.
Good morning, boys and girls. How many of you like to eat? (let them answer) What is your favorite food? (let them answer) Do you know what a bird eats? (let them answer) Very good. They eat bugs, all kinds of bugs. Today, I brought with me this jar of bugs. They are pretty colorful, and in some ways they look almost good enough to eat. Have you ever eaten a bug? (let them answer) I wonder what a bug tastes like? Is there anyone here who is hungry enough to eat a bug? (let them answer)