The Syrophoenician Woman (Based On Mark 7:24-30)
She's a widow and a caricature of Phoenicia, a tiny fishing village on the outskirts of Syria
Where neighbors' tongues wag and sneaky fingers point at "mother of the possessed little girl!'
She's the Woman of Phoenicia in Syria whom the Master calls a dog ere her daughter's healing
Her face reflects infamy, ignominy, humiliation, disgrace, and what resembles a sinner woman
Unable to bear the shame one more day, she resolves to leave home in search of health for her girl
A morose child, hearing impaired, mentally deficient, totally unresponsive to sensory stimulations
"Help my daughter," she pleads with those she meets, but none knows where or how to start
Some sneer: "Your daughter is miserably devil possessed" and others ask: "Is she worth saving?"
Refusing to give in to discouragement and be downcast, she sets out on a journey uncharted
Into enemy territory beyond Sidon where Greeks, like dogs and infidels, are seldom welcome
For God's original plan was first and foremost to offer salvation and healing to disbelieving Jews
Though Simeon prophesied He was a light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of Thy people Israel
No one could daunt her resolve, and all efforts to haunt her have fallen on deaf ears
And standing outside the house where Jesus sits seeking sanctuary from the thronging crowds
The woman from Phoenicia of Syria shrieks not once but thrice: "Have mercy on me, O Lord"
Whereupon Jesus answers her not a word anticipating her to have a full day in court with her God
Peter, also known as Cephas, steps out of the house with left hand firmly planted on his sword
Anticipating a commotion and an opportunity to go the way of a martyr in defense of his Lord
And with feet firmly planted in front of their Master, James and John. Sons of Zebedee bellow
"Send her away, Lord, send her far away, for she unashamedly, embarrassingly crieth after us "
As a final solution to the widow's cries which they consider crazy, embarrassing, discomforting
To reaffirm God's plan, the Master reassures: "Bread unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel"
And making her last effort to obtain mercy, the poor widow throws herself down at Jesus' feet
She prostrates in worship, and then stands on raw knees with outstretched hands: "Lord. Help me"
And to buttress His argument, the Master declares: "Can't take children's bread and give to dogs"
Whereupon the widow persists: "True, Lord, but dogs eat crumbs that fall from master's table"
"Your faith is great," the Master congratulates her, and immediately her daughter is healed