Jesus admired the Gentile woman's spunk.



Thursday, 2/9/12
Jesus admires people who can  take charge in difficult times. In today’s Gospel a Gentile woman with a sick daughter came to him, and he decided he’d test her mettle. He seemed to be dismissive in saying he was sent to help Jews, not to help foreigners who were no better than dogs. The determined woman brushed the insult aside, saying the dogs get to eat the scraps under the table. Jesus was thrilled with her spunk. So he will be with us when we stick to good work even when we are put down.
The first reading tells us how Solomon, the wisest of men became a fool by giving in to many wives. Each of those foreign wives wanted a shrine where she could practice her kind of religion, and she had Solomon joining in the odd forms of worship. It was detestable. For instance, in the dump south of Jerusalem Solomon went along with building the idol of Molech. Now, Molech was actually an oven that looked like an idol. (It was like Jabba the Hutt in “Star Wars.”) His followers believed they could only obtain a good harvest if they pleased Molech by throwing in an infant to be consumed in his fire.

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