Wednesday, the 18th week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday, - Friday
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00, 11:15am
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Dominic
Readings for today’s Mass
At issue was a matter of clashing cultures. Jesus was a Jew and only saw his role within the Jewish community, the “children.” The woman was an outsider who didn’t belong, one of the dogs.
When we contrast this text with another encounter between Jesus and a woman outsider, we see the change. She was a Samaritan woman Jesus found one day at a well. From a cultural perspective, on seeing her as an outsider, it would have been appropriate for Jesus to keep his distance and wait for her to leave the well before coming to refresh himself. But he violated social mores by coming to the well, and of all things, initiating a conversation.
What i notice in these two stories is a change in Jesus’ understanding of himself. He moves from an exclusive ministry, only to the children of Israel, to an inclusive understanding of his outreach to all.
Sometimes Christians respond to others, even to other Christians, as if they were members of the “dog” society. We want to draw artificial boundaries and built walls that exclude instead of being welcoming and offering hospitality. Maybe this change in Jesus happened in part because he began to see himself as an outsider. Remember how, at one point, family and friends thought he’d lost his mind. Maybe he had firsthand experience of exclusion and didn’t like it either. I wonder if that’s what opened his eyes. Whatever it was, i like the change. How about you? Where do you draw lines?