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Jesus’ Amazement


There are only a few instances when the response of others amazed Jesus. One was the time when a centurion expressed his faith while seeking the favor of Jesus to heal his servant (Mt 8:10).

Another was at the negative reaction of his natives in the synagogue at Nazareth. When he preached there, his listeners were astonished and were skeptical of his authority because they knew him and his family. Instead of appreciating him and thanking God for his power, they took offence at him. Mark the evangelist reports that Jesus “was amazed at their lack of faith” (Mk 6:6).

The faith of a Greek woman, who was Syrophoenician by birth, at Tyre also amazed Jesus. When she pleaded to heal her daughter with an unclean spirit, Jesus tested her saying, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” Her reply was: “Lord, even the little dogs under the table eat the crumbs from the children’s bread” (Mk 7:27-28). Though Mark did not use the term “amazed,” he says, the reply of this gentile woman astonished Jesus and he healed her daughter (Mk 7:24-30).


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