Today’s Gospel reading includes a verse that is familiar to Mass-goers, “”Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed. Lord.” This verse mirrors a response that follows the consecration of the Precious Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. The response dates back to the humble faith of a Roman centurion, who we meet in today’s Gospel. He comes to Jesus and asks two things of Him. First, the centurion asks Jesus to heal his suffering servant, fully confident Jesus can do this. Second, he asks Jesus to heal the servant without entering the centurion’s home to do so, fully aware he is unworthy of his ask. The centurion is a model of both tremendous faith and humility. Advent is a special time to ponder the Word made flesh come to us. He comes to us each and every Mass, to heal despite our unworthiness, in the same way He did two thousand years ago with the Roman centurion.
I invite you to watch this scene of the centurion’s encounter with Jesus.
Christina Crow, Sacramental Coordinator Campus Ministry
The Campus Ministry Seasonal Reflections are offered during the liturgical seasons of Advent/Christmas and Lent/Easter. We bring a variety of voices from Students, Faculty and Staff. The perspectives expressed in these reflections are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of Campus Ministry.