This morning, we heard the Gospel of the centurion (Roman soldier in charge of 100 men) who was commended for his faith.
He had approached Jesus, seeking healing for a sick servant. When Jesus offered to come and cure him, the centurion stopped Him, proclaiming his unworthiness and voicing his trust in the power of Jesus’ mere word.
It is from this encounter that we get the text we use 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.”
At Communion this morning, after hearing this Gospel, a spontaneous prayer came to my heart: “Lord, thank you for coming under my roof.”
Like the centurion, I am not worthy of the honor of His presence, His visit. However, unlike him, I won’t discourage Jesus from coming. I need His presence!
The words of the communion antiphon today were a consolation, reminding me that I have this grace (His presence): “I am with you always.”
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