Prayer of the Day

First Week of Advent

December 1st, 2014
""I will come and heal him."" Matthew 8 : 7

In today’s Gospel we read that the Centurion,  an officer of the Roman army with a hundred fighting men in his charge,  approached Jesus in desperate need to cure one of his servants who was suffering with a terrible sickness.  The centurion was truly a man of the world,  but Jesus was amazed at his faith.  Nowhere in Israel had he found such faith as in this Gentile,  a representative of a hated foreign oppressor. The disposition with which he approached Jesus can be summed up in two words;  faith and humility.  He had complete confidence in Jesus’ ability to heal his servant,  and he was so humble that he did not consider himself worthy to have Jesus come into his house.

What do we learn from this incredible witness of faith?  We learn that at the heart of faith is humility.  The person of faith is humble and the humble have faith.  It is with these attitudes that we should approach Jesus during this season of Advent.  So powerful an incident was this in Jesus’ life that even today,  thousands of years later,  it is incorporated into  the Eucharist as an essential prayer and response.  In the new missal,  we say; “Lord, I am now worthy that you should enter under my roof,  but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.”

Prayer Lord God, teach me to exercise my faith in you. Amen