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Xavier Woon
3 min readNov 21, 2020

Read Mark 7:24–30

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Reflection

After the preceding clash with the Jewish authorities regarding the laws, Jesus withdrew to the neighbouring twin cities of Tyre and Sidon (situated fifty miles north of Israel in Lebanon today). As Jesus entered a home to avoid notice, a Greek woman of Syrophoenician birth, caught sight of Him and begged Him to heal her daughter who was possessed by an unclean spirit. However, Jesus’ intention was to fulfill His purpose of preaching to the Jews first instead of helping the gentiles. So, He told the gentile woman, “Let the children first be fed, for it is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” Jesus was alluding that the Jews were “children” and the “dogs” were the gentiles. Then, such terms were a common understanding among the Jews. To His surprise, the gentile woman showed great faith in Him by responding, “Yes, Lord; yet even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” For her faith in Him, Jesus healed her daughter. When the woman went back home, the unclean spirit was gone.

Corporate Leadership

Does a trainer ever encounter participants of a workshop who are not receptive to knowledge? Sure, probably many times. Often, companies send their staff to courses that they attend out of obligation. The courses are meant to equip them with the necessary knowledge and skills to perform better at their work. Yet, they may not be appreciative of the chance. Jesus encountered a similar attitude with the Jews. The Good News was meant for the Jews first but not all of them received it with gratitude. On the contrary, many of them challenged Jesus. He found the gentiles more opened to the Word of God. Likewise, a good leader may find his good intentions of training his staff goes to waste. In this case, open up to others who are more willing to learn new knowledge and acquire new skills. Those who do not learn will lag behind. Jack Nicholson, an American actor & filmmaker said, “The minute that you’re not learning I believe you’re dead.” — XW

Family Leadership

One of the perennial concerns of parents is the performance of their children in school because education is viewed as a means to a good career and life. However, parents with academically challenged children need not be unduly worried. The gentile woman who…

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