Most people are familiar with a couple lines of the poem that is written on a tablet within the pedestal on the Statute of Liberty in New York: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”
- She’s a woman in 1st Century Middle East culture that treated women as little more than property;
- She’s a Gentile – of Syrophoenician (Syrian) origin -- in a world where Jews and Gentiles had strong ethnic and religious reasons to distrust and dislike each other, and they distanced themselves as much as possible from each other.
- She has a demon-possessed daughter.
he opens minds, he opens the border between people,
and between humanity and God.*