Homily 2018 02 08 – Greek Canaanite Syrophoenician Dog-Woman Exorcism

JESUS DOG-WOMAN

O.K. My bad. I combined details from the Gospels of both Mark and Matthew in which event of the “Dog-Woman” is recounted. This is like a mortal sin for Scripture Scholars, but, hey, it’s just a daily homily by which we are in awe of Jesus and we are introduced to this amazing woman. Lots of Scripture Scholars deny her existence anyway, so, what do they care. They deny her because they are deathly afraid of her, lap-dogs that they are. And this is long for a weekday homily, but no one has complained so far. Usually, though, they are not this long. It’s just that this is one of my most absolute favorite women of the Gospels. She is just so pure of heart and agile of soul, such good friends with Jesus.

I didn’t mention this in the homily – I was really overtime already – but it needs to be said. The Apostles at the time would rather that her child continue to be sacrificed to Satan rather than it be delivered from Satan. And if, after listening to this homily and considering that fact, and if you tempted to cynicism against the successors of the Apostles, then also take in this fact: this most incredible wonderful woman did not ever hold the dark idiocy of the Apostles against themselves. She recognized and dealt with it in solidarity with Jesus who was trying to teach them a lesson through her, with her. She’s totally my absolute heroine. I say “Thank you” to her across the centuries, from earth to heaven, “Thank you!”

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2 responses to “Homily 2018 02 08 – Greek Canaanite Syrophoenician Dog-Woman Exorcism

  1. Just played this for my husband. We both had an ah ha moment. Never understood that Gospel before.Thank you!

  2. sanfelipe007

    Yes, I know that I am always battling my assumptions (“Jesus is calling her a dog”) when reading scripture. I think part of the problem, with translations of scripture, is the layer of assumptions made by the translator (not the inspired author). I always appreciate whenever a word or phrase is left “as is.” It speaks of humility, and trust in the Holy Spirit. I think. I think it good to wonder, not unlike the BVM, “what this could mean.”

    Homilies, in my humble opinion, are an exercise of the “ever old, ever new.”

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