Prayer of the Day

Twentieth Sunday of the Year

August 17th, 2014
""I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel."" Matthew 15 : 24

This presents a closed door to the unfortunate woman.  Jesus is explaining the areas of His missionary activity,  but the woman lives outside the area,  but Jesus’ statement is actually an invitation.  What in essence,  is the house of Israel?  Are they Israelites by virtue of their faith which is modelled on their leaders like Abraham, Isaac,  Jacob,  Moses and Elijah?  It is true that Jesus never went beyond the confines of Palestine,  and restricted His ministry to the Jews,  but there are many times when he ministers to non-Jews especially when He encounters in this passage that rare,  humble faith.   The woman here shows this kind of faith.

Prayer Lord, God, we ask you to strengthen our faith to be able to respond to His call with joy and enthusiasm. Amen