Faith and Mercy

August 20, 2017
The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost; Proper 15A

have mercy on me
the cry of deep faithfulness
a longing for grace

Christ and the Canaanite Woman by Germain-Jean Drouais

Shocking, surprising, disturbing, confusing… these have been responses to the treatment this woman receives from Jesus. Yet the story ends in a much different way than it begins: with grace and mercy; healing and new life. What does this mean for us, in times when we cry out for God’s mercy?

Some discussion Questions:
1. What does it mean for us that Jesus ultimately “has mercy” on this woman?
2. When has the mercy of God felt real — tangible — to me, in a way that makes a difference in my life?
3. How does Isiah envision the relationship between insiders (like the disciples) and foreigners (like this woman…)?

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