by Carl Gregg
Gospel Reading: Mark 7:24-37
For Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012: Year B — Ordinary 23
Letty Russell, in Church in the Round, described Jesus’ encounter with the Syrophoenician woman as the case of Jesus getting “Caught with his compassion down” (162). Jesus is usually so mind-blowingly impressive that we can forget he did not emerge from the womb fully grown.
Part of what it means to be “fully human” is to grow, mature, and develop over time. Most famously in Luke 2:52, we are told that, “Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in divine and human favor.” [Read more...]