Miracle Worker or Catalyst?

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The reports of Yeshua’s encountering healing during his ministry is ofter seen as the working of miracles. More in keeping with his own self-understanding, Yeshua was a catalyst for the power of God that is accessible within each of us.

Mark 7:24-37
24 From there he set out and went away to the region of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was there. Yet he could not escape notice, 25 but a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about him, and she came and bowed down at his feet. 26 Now the woman was a Gentile, of Syrophoenician origin. She begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. 27 He said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” 28 But she answered him, “Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” 29 Then he said to her, “For saying that, you may go—the demon has left your daughter.” 30 So she went home, found the child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.
[Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.]
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Musings on Mark 7:24-37

Yeshua went to Phoenicia for a break. He tried to remain incognito, but to no avail — he was recognized by Syrophoenician woman with a sick daughter. The woman begged Yeshua to heal her daughter. Yeshua tried to put her off by suggesting that his ministry was to Israel. Any distractions would be inappropriate. She argued back that the situation demanded that he help — a woman with no one to care for her and a child in need (a poor and marginalized family without resources). Immediately Yeshua was aware that there was something life-affirming in the intentions of the woman. He sent her back to her home, to find that her daughter was well. A miracle? or the presence of a supranatural dynamic between Jesus, the woman, and the child? Traditionally the church wants to side with “miracle.” I choose to see Yeshua as a catalyst for releasing the healing power already within us — in this case, within the woman and the child. More particularly, that healing power is evinced in the interaction between the healing power within and the presence of Yeshua. Thus begins the gentile mission of the church.

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