Sunday, February 3, 2008

36th Sunday after Pentecost - Matthew 15:21-28 - The Canaanite Woman: A Perfect Example Of How To Pray


Matthew 15:21-28: Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon. And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs. And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table. Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.

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Jim said...

In your sermon, you stated that you did not recognize the pope as a Christian Bishop (which I can understand, given your viewpoint) but for what reasons do you not, as you stated in the sermon, even consider him a christian? I am not writing this to "stir up trouble"; rather, I am really interested in your answer.

Pr Seraphim said...

Dear Jim:
The Pope of Rome is not in the Holy Catholic and Apostolic church. He preaches heresy. As such, he is not an organic part of the body of Christ, and is not a Christian. I am sure that he believes true things about God, but Christianity is belonging to the body of Christ as well as belief.

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