First Monday of Advent

Glenmary News

First Monday of Advent

“Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof…”–Mt. 8:8

Today’s Gospel: Mt. 8:5-11

“…When Jesus entered Capernaum,
a centurion approached him and appealed to him, saying,
“Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully.”  
He said to him, “I will come and cure him.”  
The centurion said in reply,
“Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof;
only say the word and my servant will be healed.
For I too am a man subject to authority…”

Reflection: Why did the Roman soldier say this to Jesus? His mindset surely was one of great trust. Here was someone important to him, “suffering dreadfully.”  Who among us doesn’t dread that ever happening! Yet he crosses boundaries between Roman ruler and Jewish subject, steps out in faith to trust something new. We each are called to do the same. Cross human boundaries. Be open to others. Step out in faith. And trust Jesus.

Let us pray: Lord, give me the courage to trust. Give me eyes to see your beauty in people who are not like me.