In the Gospel today from Matthew 8, we see an encounter between Jesus and a centurion. The centurion tells Jesus about a servant of his who is suffering terribly.
When Jesus offers to go to the centurion’s house to cure the servant, the centurion says to Jesus, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed.” Such faith! As Catholics, we should be very familiar with those words. We say a modified version of them immediately before we receive the Eucharist. Remember? “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.”
This prayer so touches me each time I say it at Mass. Because I mean it. I am not worthy to receive the Lord Jesus. With all my sins and baggage, I have absolutely no business walking up to receive the Author of Life into my body. But the Church tells us that, just by receiving Jesus in the Eucharist, our venial sins are forgiven. We are healed. Healed because of our faith. Now that’s the kind of news I want to share with the world!
Father, thank you for giving us Your Son, Jesus, even though we are not worthy. You have given us the Word, and we are healed. Amen.