The Gospel Reading today was the story of Christ and the Syro-Phoenician Woman. The passage is preceded by Jesus teaching that it is the things of the heart that defile not the things we put into our bodies in terms of food and so on….
So I started wondering if the woman receiving crumbs found her daughter healed what am I doing with the very bread itself?? Am I fully appreciating it and using it? Or am I only nibbling at it and throwing away the crust?
And too if we are to be like Christ and even a tiny bit of his presence and blessing was desirable, am I offering only dried up left-overs to those around me, or am I presenting them with fresh wholesome bread? Does what is in my heart defile what I offer, or am I living the Gospel clearly and fully?
Questions for pondering this week. Thinking in particular of James Chapter Three.