This week’s glimpse of Jesus is in a very tricky little story that appears in Matthew 15:21-28 (and in Mark 7:24-30). It is the story of a Canaanite woman who must practically beg Jesus to heal her daughter before he finally relents and does so.
It is a difficult story to read, and is sure to be even more difficult to write a sermon on! I mean, how are we supposed to glimpse a compassionate, loving savior in a story that makes it appear that he is callous and aloof with a woman in pain, just because she is not from Israel? One of my commentaries says that only when the woman “outwits Jesus” does he consent to heal her daughter. “Outwit” Jesus?! Really?
But just because it is difficult does not mean that we can just gloss over it. It gives us a glimpse of Jesus, whatever that glimpse might reveal. I’m actually looking forward to digging into this story this week in preparation for Sunday, to see what God has hidden in it for us to discover. I hope that you will do the same.
Sometimes a glimpse “catches our eye” and causes us to look harder. You know how sometimes just the very edge of your perception will notice a flash of color or a quick motion? Then you stop and turn to look more fully, wondering what it was that you glimpsed. That’s what this story does for me. It catches my attention and draws me in more deeply, to see what I can learn about what is really going on.
I can’t wait for Sunday! I’ll “glimpse” you in church,