Saturday, June 30, 2007

Centurions Faith

When Jesus entered Capernaum,
a centurion approached him and appealed to him, saying,
“Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully.”
He said to him, “I will come and cure him.”
The centurion said in reply,
“Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof;
only say the word and my servant will be healed.
For I too am a man subject to authority,

with soldiers subject to me.
And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes;
and to another, ‘Come here,’ and he comes;
and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him,
“Amen, I say to you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith.
I say to you, many will come from the east and the west,
and will recline with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
at the banquet in the Kingdom of heaven,
but the children of the Kingdom
will be driven out into the outer darkness,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.”
And Jesus said to the centurion,
“You may go; as you have believed, let it be done for you.”
And at that very hour his servant was healed.

Jesus entered the house of Peter,
and saw his mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever.
He touched her hand, the fever left her,
and she rose and waited on him.

When it was evening, they brought him many
who were possessed by demons,
and he drove out the spirits by a word and cured all the sick,
to fulfill what had been said by Isaiah the prophet:

He took away our infirmities
and bore our diseases.

Matthew 8:5-17


Dear Father the centurion had more faith in Jesus at the time he was alive and there to show the world his true divinity than many of us do in our time. All he asked is for his servant to be healed without Jesus ever going near the person. From this accounting we have the words we say "Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed," just after the Lamb of God. Spectacular words that humble us before the Lord in the Eucharist. Where we too can say the same as the centurion for our own unworthiness in seeking healing for others and ourselves. For it is with faith that we believe in his presence in his gift of love for us. That we too may be healed and come back to him. May we seek your divine light of love and healing, rather than the darkness. May we come to receive our Lord in humble supplication as we prepare our hearts for the kingdom of God. Amen

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