On September 9, when many of our members return from Labor Day vacations or summer travels, the gospel text from Mark and the sacrament of communion might be a powerful combination to welcome folks back to the gospel-centered community. Whether she knows it or not, the Syrophoenician woman’s reference to the table is a persuasive image for her audience. The table stands at the center of Jesus’ ministry.
Season after Pentecost | 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)
Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23; Psalm 125; (Isaiah 35:4-7a; Psalm 146;) James 2:1-10, (11-13), 14-17; Mark 7:24-37
It’s scary. Sometimes, we Scrappers have to swallow our pride in order to start working with the institution that turned us away. Often, Scrappers develop autonomy and a certain voice that we fear we'll lose if we move into partnership with an established organization. We worry that the structure will steal our ideas and they'll have the money and power to pull them off—without us.