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Mark 7:24-30

From there he set out and went away to the region of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was there.

Yet he could not escape notice, but a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about him, and she came and bowed down at his feet. Now the woman was a Gentile, of Syrophoenician origin. She begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter.

He said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.”

But she answered him, “Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.”

Then he said to her, “For saying that, you may go — the demon has left your daughter.”

So she went home, found the child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.

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  • Antigone10

    This passage always made Jesus look like a jerk. The desperate mother has to compare herself to a dog to get help, because Jesus is bigoted.

  • Marc Mielke

    Healing folks has got to be a pain in the ass. People probably never leave you alone. At least he didn’t totally lose it and start grabbing his crotch yelling “EAT ME!”

  • Antigone10

    Yeah, I suspect people would never leave you alone. But if regular doctors can manage to do it every day, you’d think someone who was perfect could manage to at least respond politely.

  • Brenda

    I love this passage. Yes, Jesus is a jerk here. BUT Jesus is also humble enough to learn from the Syrophoenician mother who would not give up on her child. From this moment on in the gospel of Mark, he heals many, many more non-Jewish people. Just the idea that this very human Jesus learns makes this story awesome in my book.


  • Lorehead

    I‘ve got to agree. Luke is my favorite of the gospels because it has the most examples of compassion, but Mark seems more honest for its willingness to admit Jesus’ fallibility and give him a human side.

  • Brenda

    Geez, Disqus already ate my comment? Sorry if this comes up twice…

    Anyway, I love this story. Yes, Jesus is a jerk. BUT he is humble enough to learn from the mother who would not give up on her child. From here on to the end of the gospel of Mark, Jesus will heal many, many more non-Jewish people without hesitation. That this very human Jesus learns a lesson is what makes this passage awesome.


  • Antonio Rodriguez

    I think Fred once posted a link about a piece of fiction derived from this passage, but I can’t seem to find it.

  • Aaron