Monday, November 28, 2016

I Will Come and Cure Him

On that day, the branch of the LORD will be luster and glory, and the fruit of the earth will be honor and splendor for the survivors of Israel. He who remains in Zion and he who is left in Jerusalem will be called holy: every one inscribed for life in Jerusalem. Isiah 4:2-3

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.” Matthew 8:5-8

“Lord, I am not worthy to receive you.  Only say the word and my soul shall be healed.”

Today, we find the seeds for several themes that will run throughout Advent. 

Purification:  Whether cleansing those who remain in Jerusalem or healing the centurion’s servant, closeness to the Lord will bring us redemption from the stain of sin.

Promises Kept: “I will come.” When we approach Jesus, he will answer.  As the season plays out, shepherds, kings, and more will come to Jesus just as Jesus comes into the world. 

Power and Glory: Jesus does not yield power in the same way as the Centurion.  However, his power comes into the world in a subtle way.  Jesus is not in need of barking orders to his followers.  He only needs to say the word and it will be done.

Humility: Despite his military and social power, the Centurion remains a humble man.  Despite his faith in Jesus, he publicly admits that he is not worthy for the Lord to visit his home.

Every time we attend Mass, we echo the words of the Centurion right before Communion. Yet as we leave, we get back into the rate race of proving our worthiness.  Carry the spirit of the centurion with you today as you interact with people. 

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