Daily Prayer and Reflection: 1 December 2014

Men who came to Jesus: The Roman Soldier

LORD, we are not worthy to have You enter under my roof; only say the word and our souls will be healed.

My daily reflection and prayer: Sunday, December 01, 2014

Dear my friends,
Here is the Gospel for us today according to St. Mathew 8:5-11

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.”

This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ.

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The Gospel today proclaims a story of faith of the Roman centurion who approaches Jesus with great confidence and humility. He is courageous and faith-filled. Jesus not only warmly receives him but also praise him as a model of faith and confidence in God. Why?

This centurion is very special. First, let’s focus on his words which is also his prayer. He says to Jesus “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed.”

Second, he is a man of great compassion and extraordinary faith. He wants Jesus to heal his beloved slave. Jesus Christ commends him for his faith and immediately grants him his request.

Third, he is an extraordinary man because he loves his slave. In the Roman world slaves are treated like animals. They are used for work and pleasure and for bartering and trade.

In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist, we learn from the Roman centurion to trust our lives in Jesus Christ. There we not only pray for ourselves but also for everyone who needs our prayer. We approach and adore the Lord Jesus Christ with expectant faith, like the centurion in today’s gospel reading, knowing that He will show us His mercy and give us His help.

Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, we are not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and our souls will be healed. May we never lose hope in Your promises nor lag in zeal for Your kingdom of righteousness and peace, now and forever. Amen.

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