On this 16th day of August, we continue with the third Sunday in the series “Because God.” Our Gospel lesson, Matthew 15:21-28, is a difficult passage to hear. .. and a difficult passage to read and understand. Jesus is rude to the Canaanite woman who seeks help for her daughter who is possessed by a demon. There is no denying this fact. Jesus calls her a dog. But she persists. And Jesus offers her grace and healing.
We don’t have to be able to explain or even understand everything that Jesus says or does. We just have to love. Love the Lord our God with all of our heart, our soul, our mind, and our strength, and love our neighbors, ALL of our neighbors as ourselves.