Today’s gospel passage at Mass is Luke 7:1-10 in which a centurion boldly asks Jesus to heal his servant. It is my favorite interaction between Jesus and someone outside His “inner circle.”
I have written about different aspects of this episode before which I invite you to read:
But another thought came to mind as well. It takes a military man to really appreciate the authority of Jesus. The training, the discipline, and the chain of command all play into the respectful request and response the centurion gave to the Lord. It makes me respect our brave and selfless men and women in uniform all the more. Christ certainly was amazed — a rare occurrence as you read in the first link above — at his insight.
Finally, it makes all the more poignant and moving the words we say at Mass immediately before receiving Communion: