Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 7,1-10.
When Jesus had finished all his words to the people, he entered Capernaum.
A centurion there had a slave who was ill and about to die, and he was valuable to him.
When he heard about Jesus, he sent elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and save the life of his slave.
They approached Jesus and strongly urged him to come, saying, “He deserves to have you do this for him,
for he loves our nation and he built the synagogue for us.”
And Jesus went with them, but when he was only a short distance from the house, the centurion sent friends to tell him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof.
Therefore, I did not consider myself worthy to come to you; but say the word and let my servant be healed.
For I too am a person subject to authority, with soldiers subject to me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come here,’ and he comes; and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
When Jesus heard this he was amazed at him and, turning, said to the crowd following him, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.”
When the messengers returned to the house, they found the slave in good health.
A humble and serving person can heal.
1) The Centurion: At the beginning of the gospel, we see that he does not even dare to go to Jesus personally because he was not Jewish. He is someone who has power, but to get to Jesus he does not use power. How interesting is this? There is a lot you and I have to learn from this. With arrogance and blaming others we gain nothing, it is only through humility that we get answers in life. How many times have we wanted to feel appreciated for what we have done to get privileges or attention? This centurion takes another route and it is here where he gets an answer from God. Do you like to highlight who you are or what you do before others to get your way?
2) Jesus Goes: He knows that they need him. Jesus doesn’t make excuses and He doesn’t complain about being tired, He knows someone needs him and He goes. He is practical and effective, not bureaucratic, he does not say “STOP! Leave your requests with my secretary John or Peter” or “He is a centurion, he belongs to zone 8, let him ask the person in charge of that zone for help.” When there is a need, Jesus is there. When there’s a need there is one answer, one solution. This is a lesson for you and I. How many times have we turned away when someone has needed us? Let’s not be lazy or bureaucratic when faced with someone in need. Let us help when someone needs us because they may be struggling to live.
3) Faith: It is faith that helps, heals, encourages, and gives us strength. It is faith that leads us to amazing greatness. Faith makes it possible to help those we do not even know. It is faith that allows men to overcome himself and live freely. Faith allows us to see things which with just your eyes you wouldn’t be able to see. Because “the essential is invisible to the eyes.”
God bless you in the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.