Tuesday, September 01, 2009
Tuesday Lectionary Leanings: "He Said WHAT?!" Edition
Sunday's lessons can be found here .
It's that time again -- when the lectionary rolls around to one of the most problematic stories in the Gospels, a story that makes Jesus look like...well, like an insensitive, bigoted jerk.
But there it is: Jesus -- friend of "sinners" and outsiders, who elsewhere in the Gospels seems to have no problem helping and healing lepers, hemorrhaging women, Samaritans, servants of Roman soldiers -- seeming to balk at responding to a distraught Syrophoenician mother's desperate request.
What do we make of this? How do we unpack this story for our people this coming Sunday? Is there a way to approach it that doesn't come off as trying to make excuses for Jesus?
How do we tie this Gospel lesson in with our other readings, which speak to living the Reign of God into the world?
As always, share your lectionary plans and ponderings here.