MY daily reflection and prayer:
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time
Dear my friends,
Here is the Gospel for us today according to St. Matthew 8:5-17
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 person 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.
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.
IN the Gospel reading today we find the best example of great faith and humility. It moves Jesus’ heart to bless us. It is the lesson we can take from the life of the Centurion who approached Jesus.
He came to Jesus and beg him to heal his servant. When Jesus decided to come and cure his sevant, 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.”
Surely, we read here that not only does the Centurion have great faith; he also has great humility. His humility is not feigned but very authentic. Jesus does not only praise him but also blesses him with all graces he needs.
In the Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist, we worship Jesus Christ with our faith and humility. It is the humility that our Church invites us to share every time we approach him during Communion at Mass, “Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed.” What kind of faith do we have? Do we have faith and humility?
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, we are not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and we shall be healed. Thank you for coming into our life, for we will die without you now and forever. Amen.