Homily (Reflection) for Saturday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time (25th June, 2016) on the Gospel

(BVM on Saturday, Opt Mem)


Lam 2:2.10-14.18-19;
Ps 73:1-7.20-21. (R. v. 19);
Matt 8:5-17.

Topic: Master-servant relationship.

Today’s gospel consists of two sections, namely: Jesus’ healing of a centurion’s servant, and the healing of many at Peter’s house. Our homily will focus on the first part.

A centurion met Jesus at Capernaum and pleaded, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, in terrible distress.” Jesus said to him, “I will come and cure him.” But the centurion replied in part, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only speak the word, and my servant will be healed.” This is the origin of the response (profession of one’s faith) just before the reception of the Holy Communion. Jesus was amazed and said,

Truly I tell you, in no one in Israel have I found such a faith. I tell you, many will come from east and west and will eat with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, while the heirs of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

This centurion was a special one. However, his servant must have been exceptional too. Otherwise, what prevented him from sending his servant/s?

When you relate with others especially those under you, do not forget that they are human beings. Again, your servant today can be your master tomorrow. Fellow servants, it is not easy for any head that wears the crown. Certainly, they err gravely. But that is not the thing. Please, when/where you wear the crown, do not repeat any of those things you complain about today.

Bible Reading: 1Jn 4:7-21.

Thought for today: A loving heart does not hate.

Let us pray: May God help us in our relationship with others – Amen.

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