Sunday: August 16, 2020

Matthew 15:23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.

A ‘ recommendation’ can be a letter or word of mouth that has the potential to present someone in good light for a position or do the exact opposite role. For many jobs, what is required to guarantee the position would be one statement ‘she is a hardworker”, just that one recommendation. I highlight recommendations today because of the Gospel text.

A desperate Canaanite woman approaches Jesus with a request for deliverance for her daughter but Jesus appears to entirely ignore her request by saying nothing. The people of interest are however his disciples who make a recommendation to Jesus ‘send her away because she is shouting after us’. Now while that was some recommendation, unfortunately, it made no positive case for the woman’s cause.

It is sad that at a time when this woman needed her voice to reach Jesus, a louder voice to make a positive suggestion towards their cause, a negative recommendation was made instead. Sweetheart, recommendations which proceed from the mouths of men have the potential to open some doors or close them. So whenever you say a prayer, say one for any individual so placed that they might have a say in matters that concern you, that they will speak words that advance our cause.

Pray for positive recommendations


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