29 Nov Matthew 8:8 (faith and humility)
“The centurion said in reply, ‘Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed.'” Matthew 8:8 (full readings)
Rich’s Reflections: The centurion in today’s Gospel demonstrates tremendous faith and humility. Even Jesus “was amazed and said to those following the [centurion], ‘Amen, I say to you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith.'” (Matt 8:10) Jesus told the centurion that He would come and cure his servant. The centurion had the faith to know that Jesus only needed to say the Word, and his servant would be healed. The centurion, a military officer who commanded a hundred men, was also very humble in acknowledging in front of his men that he was “not worthy to have [Jesus] enter under [his] roof.” I pray that I can share the same faith as the centurion in the power of Jesus’ healing Word and have the humility to demonstrate this faith to others. Lord, I am not worthy to receive You, but only say the Word and I shall be healed. Amen.
Faith Challenge: Pray for the faith and humility to ask for our Lord Jesus Christ to enter into your heart so that you may be healed.
Faith Quote: “Do you wish to be great? Then begin by being. Do you desire to construct a vast and lofty fabric? Think first about the foundations of humility. The higher your structure is to be, the deeper must be its foundation.” ~ St. Augustine
* Pray/Fast: Prayer connects us with God’s will & His miracles, changing us & helping others. Fast from things that take your eyes off Jesus. Those who pray together stay together, and close to God!
* Save Unborn (& family): Abortion reality (images)…#1 death cause (23% pregnancies). Prov 24:11 & Jer 1:5. “A great poverty that a child must die that you might live as you wish.” Mother Teresa
* Evangelize:Make room for unbelievers & re-evangelization of self, by way of prayer (relationship) and following Christ’s example of love (service/sacrifice/mercy). Matt 28:19.