“Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldst enter under my roof: but only say the word, and my servant shall be healed.”
In today’s Gospel reading Jesus encounters a Roman centurion, a man in charge of soldiers, with power and wealth but also humble and possessing great faith in Jesus to heal his servant at home.
Meeting Jesus in Capernaum the centurion makes his request, putting his trust in Jesus to do the impossible. Marveling at his faith Jesus assures him that it will be done; for the word of God is powerful, it is mighty to do what needs to be done regardless of distance and space.
At Mass, we say those same words of the centurion, “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed”. We acknowledge in humility our unworthiness, yet we proclaim the faith we have in Christ to heal our souls and nourish us spiritually in the Eucharist, the gift of his body and blood to us.
Lord, thank you for your gift of yourself to me in the eucharist. Come Lord, cleanse me, heal me, purify me and make me whole. Amen.