Prayer: Lord, strengthen my faith, especially when I question you. Amen
Reading: Matthew 15:21-28 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: We continue today looking at Camp Mount Luther’s summer’s curriculum, “La Frontera.” Since we are into a new month, we are now working with Day 4, “Jesus meets us where we are because he loves us.” Today’s text is an alternate story for the day.
Against the wishes of the disciples, Jesus meets with this Canaanite woman. I side with the disciples. She’s a foreigner. She shouts at him. Her daughter is tormented. And she keeps arguing with Jesus. She shows little respect. Send her away and let’s get on our way.
So, what do you think about arguing with Jesus? So often we get the guilts when we raise questions about Jesus. I think the “parent” in us says that you don’t argue with Jesus. But, things worked out well for the Canaanite woman and her daughter. Jesus didn’t disengage because of her retort to him. He continued in relationship with her and healed her daughter.
It is o.k. to argue with Jesus. Jesus meets us in dialogue, even difficult ones. I’ve find that I always lose the argument. But, the argument always results in a renewed and strengthened faith. --Jim Bricker
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