Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 2, 2018
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 16, 2018

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost


In today’s gospel, we hear Jesus say something that seems sort of out of character for the Jesus we believe in. We’re told by the theologians of the church that Jesus lived a life exactly like ours, except that he did not sin. But doesn’t his uncharitable dismissal of this Syrophoenician woman—based on the fact that she was not ethnically or religiously Jewish—does that not constitute a sinful behavior? Also, what do we do with the fact that elsewhere in the gospel stories, Jesus seems more than willing to trespass on that old division between Jew and Gentile in order to bring healing, and in order to bring knowledge of God’s kingdom? [To hear the entire sermon, click on the arrow above.]