“Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed.”

When I hear today’s gospel (Mt 8:5-17), Jesus Heals a Centurion’s Servant, one of my favorite episodes in the gospels, I cannot help but remember its portrayal in the film Jesus of Nazareth.

Below is a post containing two of my favorite past posts on this event, the second containing a clip of the scene from the film.



In the film, the centurion is also portrayed as the Roman soldier at the cross who confesses Jesus as the Son of God (see Mt 27:54), a pious legend, but not unbelievable at all considering his *amazing* faith.  I’ll say again, when we meet, I fully expect Jesus to look like Robert Powell and the centurion to be a spitting image of Ernest Borgnine (may he rest in peace).


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