Saturday, June 25, 2016

Reflection: Matthew 8:5-17

Saturday of the 12th Week in Ordinary Time – Matthew 8:5-17

Today, as Jesus was approaching Capernaum, a centurion soldier approached him.  Clearly, he was distraught.  The soldier told Jesus that one of his servants was paralyzed and he was suffering terribly.  As soon as Jesus heard this news, he told the centurion to take him to his home so he could cure the man.

The centurion did not agree to this because he believed that he was not worthy to have Jesus come to his home.  The man told Jesus that he understood authority and how it worked.  The centurion believed that Jesus did not have to come and touch his servant; he trusted that Jesus could and would heal the man without ever seeing or touching him.

Jesus was astounded at this man’s faith, trust, and belief in him. Jesus told the centurion that he had not encountered anyone who had such faith.  Jesus then instructed the centurion to return home.  At that hour, the centurion’s servant was healed.

What is the healing we desire from Jesus?  If we ask Jesus to heal us, do we trust that healing will take place in us?  The healing may not be an immediate miracle, and the healing may not take place in the manner or the time for which we hope.  However, this does not mean that Jesus is not at work in us.

Jesus is always gracing us and healing us.  Perhaps we actually need a deeper healing than we are longing for.  Jesus desires to make us whole.  Today, may we open our minds, bodies, and hearts to His healing power. Jesus will not fail us!

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