16 Sep Faith and Humility (Lk 7:6-7) by Dr. Rich Reich
“And Jesus went with them, but when He was only a short distance from the house, the centurion sent friends to tell Him, ‘Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof. Therefore, I did not consider myself worthy to come to you; but say the word and let my servant be healed.'” ~ Luke 7:6-7 (full readings)
Rich’s Reflections: Before receiving Jesus in Holy Communion, the Church leads us to pray: “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 is adapted from today’s Gospel about the centurion who asked Jesus to cure his servant at home. When Jesus said he would come to the centurion’s home, the man responded that he was not worthy to have Jesus enter his house. Jesus needed to “only say the word,” then the servant would be healed. Jesus praised the great faith of this gentile centurion and healed the servant. In realizing that we are not worthy to receive the body and blood of Christ, we get in touch with the reality of our humanness (humility) and acknowledge that all healing and grace ultimately come from God (faith).
* Dr. Rich Reich is the co-founder of the LIFE Group Devotions and the National LIFE Runners Team. He is married to Erica and lives in Colorado Springs, CO. Full bio.
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