Have you ever been shown mercy? Mercy is not something we typically talk about in our daily conversations but we see it very clearly in today’s gospel text.
Jesus is challenged by a woman who pleads with him to heal her daughter. The problem is, she is not an Israelite. Up until now, Jesus had kept his healing and signs of mercy to the people of Israel.
But this women is relentless and pleads for just a “crumb” of his healing power. Her persistence stops Jesus in his tracks and he is impressed by her faith. Jesus then breaks the “rules” and heals the outsider.
You see, Jesus has shown you and I mercy by giving his life for us and loving us unconditionally. Even though we might not think we deserve God’s love, he lavishes us with it anyways. That’s mercy.
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