Today’s message entertains a different impression of Jesus. Just when we think that we’ve domesticated Jesus something threatens to shatter our idyllic imagery. The lectionary text (Mark 7: 24-37) begins with Jesus unable to hide from his own notoriety. Jesus went into a house in Tyre, at the Mediterranean coast, and a mother with a stricken daughter found him. Scripture emphasizes that the woman was a non-Jewish Syrophoenician. The mother was desperate, and she came and bowed respectfully at Jesus’ feet, begging him to cast a demon out of her daughter. Then something completely unexpected occurred. Jesus’ response revealed a harsh, uncharacteristic attitude: “He saidRead More →