Sermon Introduction –
Our gospel reading for this Sunday shows Jesus interacting with a woman outside of Israel. Jesus’ love and message of grace is for everyone! How can we remove the boundaries that divide us? How can we move towards God’s calling of love?
Introduction to this week’s readings –
In Isaiah we hear that God’s house shall be a house of prayer for all people and that God will gather the outcasts of Israel. The Canaanite woman in today’s gospel is a Gentile, an outsider, who is unflinching in her request that Jesus heal her daughter. As Jesus commends her bold faith, how might our church extend its mission to those on the margins of society? In our gathering around word and meal we receive strength to be signs of comfort, healing, and justice for those in need.