Trusting in Jesus Christ As The Centurion

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MY daily reflection and prayer:

Monday, November 28, 2016

First Week of Advent

Dear my friends,

Here is the Gospel for us today according to St. Matthew 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 also am a man subject to authority, with soldiers subject to me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; to another, ‘Come here,’ and he comes; and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and the slave 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 east and 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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IN the Gospel today we encounter Jesus Christ who says to a centurion, “I Will come and cure him.” Truly, he has a heart that is prompt in serving those in need. He is surely also ready to come and cure us when we humbly ask Him.

We can learn from the centurion who has a profound awareness of his own unworthiness to welcome Jesus Christ. He recognizes that he is unworthy that Jesus should come to him. He says to Jesus Christ, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed.”

In the Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist while adoring Jesus Christ we pray humbly, “Lord we are not worthy that you should enter under our roof, but only say the word and our soul shall be healed.” As we continue to prepare for Jeus Christ’s coming during the Advent season, let’s make these words of the centurion our own prayer.

Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, we are not worthy to have you enter under our roof; only say the word and our soul shall be healed. Help us to recognize you in those who seek our aid and give us the generosity to answer promptly and graciously in imitation of you now and forever. Amen.

Kredit foto: Ilustrasi (Ist)

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