Sermons on Matthew 15:21-28

Lent 2 – Battling demons

O woman, great is your faith: be it done for you as you desire! We are now into our second week of Lent, into a kind of wilderness if we are practicing some kind of spiritual discipline.  The fast can make us a little more agitated, and yet if we are motivated by love, by drawing closer to God and to our neighbour in our agitation, we should also be seeing some new life, a…

Lent 2 – Jesus welcomes all

Was our Lord Jesus Christ harsh to this foreign woman?  Did he try to keep his distance from a woman who was not part of the religion and the culture of Israel?  Did he have a negative attitude to people who were not from his tribe? 1  Jesus meets foreigner Jesus travelled to the area of Tyrus and Sidon, now called Lebanon.  He did this as he hoped for some relaxation.  By going outside the…

Lent 2 – Possessed by God

O woman, great is your faith: be it done for you as you desire! Two weeks ago St Paul reminded us that we can have all the right thinking on matters of the Church’s teaching, but if we don’t have love it is worth nothing.  I spoke about how our hearts are changed not primarily by having right thinking but by acting on that thinking.  That is why in the Epistle this morning (1 Thessalonians. 4:1-8), St…

Lent 2 – Spring weeding

This is the will of God, even your sanctification. So, how are your gardens growing? The snow drops and crocuses are blooming everywhere.  Are you seeing some new shoots springing up in your souls as the fruit of your Lenten fasting? This morning we are continuing with our Spring gardening, our Lenten project of attending to the garden that is our soul. Last week I spoke about the giving up of some good, of something…