Homily (Reflection) for Monday of the First Week of Advent (02nd December, 2019) on the Gospel
Ps 121:1-2.4-5.6-9. (R. cf. v.1);
Topic: What shocked Jesus.
In the gospel, a centurion came up to Jesus and said: “... Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, in terrible distress” (Matt 8:6). One would expect the centurion to rejoice when Jesus said He would come to his house and cure his servant but he said: “... Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only speak the word, and my servant will be healed” (Matt 8:8).
There are so much to be picked from this gospel but we shall focus on just two. First, the centurion knew the value of human being. Hence, he left everything in search of solution to his servant’s illness. The servant could no longer do his duties towards his master yet the centurion still value him so much. How much do you value others? Christians are called to value everybody, cf. Lk 10:25-37.
Again, in the centurion was great faith. Hence, Jesus said in amazement: “... Truly I tell you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith” (Matt 8:10). Do Christians still have such faith or like Naaman who went away angrily saying:
... I thought that for me he would surely come out, and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, and he would wave his hand over the spot, and cure the leprosy! Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them, and be clean? (2Kgs 5:11-12)
God wants us to come to him today and all the days of our lives for his benevolence but we must do this with faith and humility like the centurion.
Bible Readings: 2Kgs 5:1-19; Lk 10:25-37.
Thought for today: Do you go to God with faith and humility?
Let us pray: Lord, as we embark on this journey of faith in preparation for your Son’s coming, may we do so with faith and humility – Amen.
Maranatha! Come Lord Jesus!
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