The Syrophenician Mother is Needed



Earlier in the week, when asked about oversight of the lending programs, Trump told reporters that “I’ll be the oversight.”

When I read that passage today in a newspaper, I thought of the Syrophenician mother who confronts Jesus in Mark 7:24-30. She falls at the feet of Jesus and asks him to heal her daughter who has “an unclean spirit.”  Jesus answers, “Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it unto dogs.”

Whoever this unnamed woman was, I greatly admire her because she challenges Jesus by her words: “Yes, Lord; yet the dogs under the table eat of the children’s crumbs.” Jesus acknowledges her wisdom and cures her daughter.

When I read Trump say, “I’ll be the oversight,” I long for someone like the Syrophenician mother who will step up and challenge him. If he is allowed to control the disbursing of the 2.2 trillion bailout, every airline, cruise line, hotel chain, and such will be given yet another hearty meal, while only a few crumbs will fall below the table.

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