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Salvation is for all

posted Aug 15, 2014, 9:20 PM by Risen Christ   [ updated Aug 15, 2014, 9:21 PM ]
17 August 2014 ( 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time )
Salvation is for all
The Jews were the original chosen people of God, meaning that in God's plan of salvation they were the first point of contact God had with humanity. We see that in the Old Testament when Yahweh started having direct dealings with them, even speaking to their prophets like Moses and Abraham. This was followed through in the New Testament when God sent his son Jesus to be born among the Jews. Today Christians, that is those baptised in Christ, are the new "chosen ones". But this "chosen" tag is a double-edged sword since it carries with it both a privilege and a responsibility. As Christians, we are privileged in that we have more intimate knowledge of God as revealed by Jesus, who himself is God, and who once walked among us. But we also have the responsibility of spreading the faith to non-believers. Salvation is meant not only for Christians or for Jews. In this week's gospel passage, we see the Canaanite woman asking Jesus to heal her daughter. Seeing her faith in him, Jesus healed her daughter, implying that salvation is meant for all.