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Matthew 8, 5-17

by Fr. Luis A. Zazano

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 8, 5-17

When Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, appealing to him and saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, in terrible distress.” And he said to him, “I will come and cure him.” The centurion answered, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only speak the word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and the slave does it.” When Jesus heard him, he was amazed and said to those who followed him, “Truly I tell you, in no one in Israel have I found such 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.” And to the centurion Jesus said, “Go; let it be done for you according to your faith.” And the servant was healed in that hour. When Jesus entered Peter’s house, he saw his mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever; he touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she got up and began to serve him. That evening they brought to him many who were possessed with demons; and he cast out the spirits with a word, and cured all who were sick. This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah, “He took our infirmities and bore our diseases.”

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He entered Capernaum and he begged him

  1. He begged him: this is the attitude of the centurion; it is the attitude that you and I should have with God about those around us. Talk to God about those who need Him; tell God about others. Your dialogue with God should not always be only about you… tell God about your loved ones, not as gossip, but to beg for their lives. Today, there are people who need you and God wants you to talk to Him about them.
  2. As you have believed: There are times when we feel that we lack faith; that it is not complete ; not enough…and that the situation is impossible. This feeling leads us to pessimism. I remember that saying of San Francisco: ” do your best, and let God take care of the impossible.” May your faith never fail. Have faith and trust – with these two elements you will see wonders!
  3. Heals ailments: Jesus goes out to meet the one who needs him. Today, we have diseases that do not allow us to advance in life. Often, we also have the “fever” of the everyday problems, that drives us crazy in the head and does not leave us alone. Today, ask God to give you peace of mind and the power to move forward in this life with faith and assurance, knowing that He will heal you. Only Jesus can heal us.

God Bless you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Remember heaven is our goal !

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