Lord, fill me with faith in your power.
Picture the centurion showing great faith in Jesus’ power to heal.
The Gentile centurion sends Jewish friends to seek the favor. As Jesus approaches, this Gentile is concerned that Jesus would contract ritual impurity if he entered his house. Jesus notes that he had not found this faith among the Israelites. The Early Church especially loved this miracle which Jesus performed at a distance for a Gentile.
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)
- From the very beginning, the centurion sees himself as unworthy. Therefore, he sends Jewish friends to ask.
- His long years of charity have won him a place in these Jewish hearts.
- Seeing the man’s worthiness, Jesus sets out immediately.
- The man is caught in a dilemma. He wants the servant healed but he does not want Jesus defiled by entering his house.
- Faith provides an alternative. The centurion believes that Jesus can heal from a distance.
- Jesus praises his great faith and performs the miracle.
- How many virtues the centurion has – humility, love for Jewish friends, love for his servant and unbounded faith.
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
- O Jesus, how unworthy I am to receive your favors.
- Lord, I will be kind to the needy. They will speak to you on my behalf.
- Jesus, you do not delay. You come quickly.
- Give me unbounded faith. You can do anything, anywhere at any time.
- O Jesus, say but the word and my soul will be healed.
Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)
+ I will care for the needy, day in and day out.
+ I will have unbounded faith. Jesus can do anything.
Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)
I have not found such faith in Israel.