Reflection on Matthew 8:5-17
If you are 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. We believe the Lord does say the word, if we become the Centurion then our souls have eternal life. The Lord, from this distance of less than a breath away, with all the request of the cosmos to consider, is going to respond to our request.
Lord I Am Not Worthy, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum
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, 12 while the heirs of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” 13 And to the centurion Jesus said, “Go; let it be done for you according to your faith.” And the servant was healed in that hour.
Jesus Heals Many at Peter’s House
14 When Jesus entered Peter’s house, he saw his mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever; 15 he touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she got up and began to serve him. 16 That evening they brought to him many who were possessed with demons; and he cast out the spirits with a word, and cured all who were sick. 17 This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah, “He took our infirmities and bore our diseases.”
Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Matthew 8:5-17.