“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.” - Mark 7:24-30
I invite you to pray this prayer about resilience and repentance (inspired by Mark 7) by Padraig O Tuama (Daily Prayer with the Corrymeela Community, 2017, pg 50-51).
Jesus of Nazareth, when you met the woman of Syrophoenicia,
you called her a little dog, but that didn’t stop her.
Little dogs need little crumbs, she said,
and you listened, repented, and praised her for her words.
We praise her words, too,
and ask that we can speak like her,
and listen like you.
Because this is the gift of resilience and repentance.
This just might save us.
Grace and peace,