"Even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the children's table!" When Jesus and his disciples journey to the gentile region of Syrophoenicia, they are interrupted by a pagan woman whose daughter is demon possessed. The Syrophonecian woman-- in a state of great desperation-- falls at Jesus' feet and begs him to cast out the demon. Jesus, however, says, no. "Let the children be fed first," he says, "for it is not fair to take the children's food and throw it to the dogs" (Mark 7:27). Undaunted, the woman replies, "Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children's crumbs" (Mark 7:28). It is then that Jesus heals the woman's daughter. This story from Mark's Gospel raises a number of important questions. Why did Jesus say no to the woman? What did he means when he talked about the children's food not being thrown to the dogs? What did the woman mean by dogs eating the scraps that fall from the table? And, most importantly, what does this teach us about the woman's faith in Jesus? Rev. Terence will explore these and other questions in today's sermon on Mark 7:24-30.