Reflection on Matthew 8:5-11 ~
As a Roman Catholic in the U.S. you are familiar with the short prayer said just before communion: “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.” When we become the Centurion, our souls become worthy and eternal because we believe the Lord does say the word for each of us as community. Our awesome Lord, from the distance of less than a breath away, with all the request of the cosmos to consider, responds with the ultimate gift of Himself.
Matthew 8 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
Jesus Heals a Centurion’s Servant
5 When he entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, appealing to him 6 and saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, in terrible distress.” 7 And he said to him, “I will come and cure him.” 8 The centurion answered, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only speak the word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I also am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and the slave does it.” 10 When Jesus heard him, he was amazed and said to those who followed him, “Truly I tell you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith. 11 I tell you, many will come from east and west and will eat with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.
Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Matthew 8:5-11.