Gospel: Matthew 8:5-11
When Jesus entered Capernaum, an army captain approached him, to ask his help, “Sir, my servant lies sick at home. He is paralyzed and suffers terribly.” Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.”
The captain answered, “I am not worthy to have you under my roof. Just give an order and my boy will be healed. For I myself, a junior officer, give orders to my soldiers. And if I say to one, ‘Go!’ he goes; and if I say to another, ‘Come!’ he comes; and if I say to my servant, ‘Do this!’ he does it.”
When Jesus heard this, he was astonished; and said to those who were following him, “I tell you, I have not found such faith in Israel. I say to you, many will come from east and west and sit down with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob at the feast in the kingdom of heaven;
“Lord, I am not worthy to have you under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed.”
Jesus was amazed at this centurion’s faith. How could such a Gentile reach that unexpected level of faith? He was able to confess man’s limitation and the recognition of his need for God.
Indeed, who among us is truly worthy to have Jesus under our roof, to live with us in the littleness of our hearts and homes? The centurion recognized his limitations and confessed it to the Lord with profound humility, politeness and faith.
As we await the advent of Christ, it is good to reflect today our own preparations for this wonderful event, Jesus’ birth. After all, the kingdom of God, the reign of this expected newborn king is for all people everywhere. Jesus comes to us as a “Prince of Peace” and not as a mighty conqueror. He comes to live among us in all things, except sin, to offer us God’s bountiful blessings, the forgiveness of sins and a chance to experience how it is to live in the reign of God’s kingdom.
Miracles do happen if we have faith like that of the centurion, even if we are sinners and if we are humble enough to offer to the Lord our limitations, confess our need for divine providence, and welcome Jesus in our lives.
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