Our pastor typically reminds us at the Penitential Act at Mass that God never tires of meting out his mercy and compassion. And then he asks us to lift up our sins for forgiveness. I’ve wondered why he says that at each mass he celebrates. I imagine that in his pastoral work he often encounters people who don’t believe this. I should ask him sometime.
Today we hear that oh so familiar story of the centurion asking Jesus to heal his servant. He insists, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed.” He then goes on to explain why he believes that Jesus can heal his servant without him having to take the time to come to his home. And Jesus praises yet another person not of his Jewish faith: “Amen, I say to you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith.”
I am reminded of Saint Peter Julian Eymard’s deep faith in the goodness of Jesus and how he waits at every second of our day, to—in the words of our pastor—mete out his love and compassion.
To a young directee who was apparently experiencing spiritual dryness and self absorption Fr. Eymard wrote: My dear daughter, let us learn how to draw out of our very faults the remedy which will correct them. . . . live in peace in humility. . . . Learn from me, says our good Savior, that I am meek and humble of heart (Mt 11:29). (October, 1851)
We hear so often in the gospels how Jesus values humility in his disciples. For what do I need to be humble about today?
Let Us Pray:
Oh Lord I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, say but the word and my soul shall be healed.
Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)