Sunday, February 28, 2010

Unconditional Faith

The Canaanite Woman (St. Matthew 14:22-28, the Gospel for Reminiscere, the Second Sunday in Lent) gave evidence of a faith which would not shrink in the wilderness of life, no matter how desolate, no matter how dark. She was constrained, as it were, to look only on the back side of God, as Moses had, rather than to see His glory. She saw no evidence that Jesus wanted to help her. He ignored her, He put her off, and He even insulted her. Yet she would not leave. This finally caused even Jesus to exult and call her faith "great."

This is the faith we need, a faith born of the Word of God and the Spirit, which likewise is unconditional.

The sermon is here.

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