In today's first reading from 1 Corinthians 11, St. Paul recounts the words of Jesus at the Last Supper. Wait...St. Paul wasn't at the Last Supper. No, but he "received from the Lord what I also handed on to you..."
In the Gospel reading from Luke 7, we read about a centurion who wishes for Jesus to heal one of his servants. When Jesus offered to come to his home, the man said, "I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; but say the word and let my servant be healed." Jesus replies, "I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith."
Every Catholic is familiar with the words of the centurion. We say them at every Mass just before we go up to receive communion. I wonder - when we say these words, does it demonstrate "such faith"? Or are we just mouthing words that we have memorized; speaking them rote? Or do we truly believe that Jesus can and will heal us?
Father, we pray that we can have "such faith" as the centurion. When we echo his words, may they come from our heart. Amen.
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