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30th Sun. Ordinaary Time, 20 August 2017

The 30th Sunday in ordinary Time: August 20/17

As I begin this homily today I am struck by the violence in Spain, the loss of life, the people who have been injured, and the perpetrators of this violence. I think we need to hold the people staying in our heart in prayer as well as the perpetrators who are so misguided in their choice, what they see as, liberators. It is a very complex world that we are living in now, it is a time of transition, it's a time when violence seems to be the order of the day, and I hate that lives in the hearts of so many people. In the first reading today applauded Isaiah as the following teaching, “maintaining justice, and do what is right”, and we can see that the so-called terrorists are doing what is right in their mind but from our perspective we are totally wrong. So the message to ours is, do justice, do what is right looking at it from the point of view of our Christian faith and worldview.

In the Gospel Matthew tells the story, a parable, about a Canaanite woman who approaches Jesus looking for a healing. Now this woman has three strikes against her, first, she is a woman, and in that culture a woman would never think of approaching a man asking a favor so she is stepping out about cultural taboo. Secondly, she is a gentile and therefore an outsider who has no business approaching a Jewish man. Thirdly, she won't take no for an answer. The disciples being true to their worldview request that Jesus sent her away because that's what a rabbi would do in those days. Jesus answers,”it is not fair to take the children's food and throw it to the dogs”by these words we see that Jesus is responding as would a man in that culture. However, she is not to be driven away, she's a woman of courage and persistence, and she has a strong faith and a beautiful trust that will not be denied. And so she replied,”even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters table”. It is clear in this story that this woman is not going to walk away but rather by persisting in asking Jesus for healing for her daughter, she is basically saying to Jesus, practice what you preach about compassion and about inclusivity. The persistence of the woman must have shocked the Jesus and the shoch opened up his heart and his eyes to see that he was wrong in his thinking and is doing. When he is awakened, and this is the critical word, when he is awakened, his consciousness is raised, he no longer sees a narrow picture but rather a wide picture which includes people of all nations not just his own. It is with this awakening of consciousness that he then is able to see that he has no choice but to heal the woman,s daughter.

This story is about a weakening, the raising of consciousness, so that a person moves from and grows from a low level of consciousness which enables a person only to see so much an at the same time it results in a narrow vision of reality and of why is. The power of this story crafted by Matthew is to realize that it takes a shock at times to await his dual roles in our consciousness, a wider worldview that is more inclusive of all, for many we experience this as the ability to expand our vision and see what see with what the Bible calls “New Eyes ”and as life goes on, as we experience different companies which shake us up, and impacts upon our comfort zone, disturbs and upsets us, challenges our view of reality... each and every one of these experiences, if we are open and responsive, would increase our awareness and increase our consciousness and as our coffees and so does our worldview, and we become more humane, less judgmental, more forgiving, more accepting the differences that we experience in our life, in our church, in our global village.