“I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof.”

Yesterday’s reading moved us into Luke 7 (vv. 1-10).  Now in Capernaum, a centurion hears of Jesus’ visit.  The centurion sends Jewish elders (who strongly advocate for him) to Jesus to ask Him to heal his slave.  Jesus does go with them but, before reaching the centurion’s residence, the centurion sends friends to Jesus with the words above.  The Roman speaks of his own power of authority in the army in recognizing Jesus’ same capability as a healer.  Jesus, showing amazement of such faith to the crowd, effects the healing from afar just as the centurion knew He could.  Based on Jesus’ reaction (amazement) we can be sure that the soldier’s approach to Jesus was precisely the right one.  And so it should be our disposition as well.  In fact, right before receiving the Lord “under our roof” in Holy Communion we repeat the Roman’s words almost to the letter (a blessing of the new missal).  We are not worthy to receive the Lord.  He makes us worthy.  Humility means understanding our place as creatures and God’s place as Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier.  Without Him we don’t exist, we can’t gain eternal life, and we wouldn’t have the means of gaining heaven.  A pagan man understood it better than any other hearer of Jesus.  Another humbling thought for Jesus’ disciples and for us.  This episode is recorded so that we too may come to have the same attitude.

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