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"... only say the word and my servant will be healed." – Matthew 8:8
Simply faith (not simple faith). That's all this gentile Roman official had. Being an officer, he knew what authority was all about. And he knew the kind of authority that Jesus had. He didn't demand any signs from heaven like the Pharisees did. Jesus knew who He was and this Roman official knew that.
This reminds me of a popular healing priest, Fr. Suarez. He heals so quietly without much fanfare just by touching and conversing casually at times with the people asking for healing. None of that demon whipping, casting out screams and mantras as if the demons inside the sick person were deaf. If that's the kind of healing session you're used to, you are in for a surprise when you watch Fr. Suarez at work. It's seemingly effortless but the number of healings speaks for the power at work.
When you know who you are and whose you are, life will suddenly cease to be complicated. Life only becomes hard when you are trying to live it out on your own. When you recognize the true source of life and power, everything becomes real simple. Ronna Ledesma (email@example.com)
"I came that they might have life and have it abundantly." (John 10:10)
Lord, give me a childlike faith.
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The People of God lament the destruction of the Temple and of their nation. Yet they only have themselves to blame. Does this story sound familiar? Well, it reminded me of my own life up until the time I decided enough was enough — the day I decided to be a disciple. Since that day things have been very different, not yet perfect, but definitely moving in the right direction.
Lamentation 2:2, 10-14, 18-19
2 The Lord has consumed without pity all the dwellings of Jacob; he has torn down in his anger the fortresses of daughter Judah; he has brought to the ground in dishonor her king and her princes. 10 On the ground in silence sit the old men of daughter Zion; they strew dust on their heads and gird themselves with sackcloth; the maidens of Jerusalem bow their heads to the ground. 11 Worn out from weeping are my eyes, within me all is in ferment; my gall is poured out on the ground because of the downfall of the daughter of my people, as child and infant faint away in the open spaces of the town. 12 They ask their mothers, "Where is the cereal?" — in vain, as they faint away like the wounded in the streets of the city, and breathe their last in their mothers' arms. 13 To what can I liken or compare you, O daughter Jerusalem? What example can I show you for your comfort, virgin daughter Zion? For great as the sea is your downfall; who can heal you?
14 Your prophets had for you false and specious visions; they did not lay bare your guilt, to avert your fate; they beheld for you in vision false and misleading portents. 18 Cry out to the Lord; moan, O daughter Zion! Let your tears flow like a torrent day and night; let there be no respite for you, no repose for your eyes. 19 Rise up, shrill in the night, at the beginning of every watch; pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord; lift up your hands to him for the lives of your little ones Who faint from hunger at the corner of every street.
P S A L M
Psalm 74:1b-2, 3-5, 6-7, 20-21
R: Lord, forget not the souls of your poor ones.
1 Why, O God, have you cast us off forever? Why does your anger smolder against the sheep of your pasture? 2 Remember your flock which you built up of old, the tribe you redeemed as your inheritance, Mount Zion, where you took up your abode. (R) 3 Turn your steps toward the utter ruins; toward all the damage the enemy has done in the sanctuary. 4 Your foes roar triumphantly in your shrine; they have set up their tokens of victory. 5 They are like men coming up with axes to a clump of trees. (R) 6 With chisel and hammer they hack at all its panelling of sanctuary. 7 They set your sanctuary on fire; the place where your name abides they have razed and profaned. (R) 20 Look to your covenant, for the hiding places in the land and the plains are full of violence. 21 May the humble not retire in confusion; may the afflicted and the poor praise your name. (R)
G O S P E L
Jesus heals many who are sick. What about the sick who are not healed when we pray for them? Perhaps God has some other plan for them? I do not know. We all have to die of something, so why not sickness? It is not as though some people never experience mortal death. The will of God will always retain a certain mysterious element beyond our understanding.
5 When Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion approached him and appealed to him, 6 saying, "Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully." 7 He said to him, "I will come and cure him." 8 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. 9 For I too am a person subject to authority, with soldiers subject to me. And I say to one, 'Go,' and he goes; and to another, 'Come here,' and he comes; and to my slave, 'Do this,' and he does it." 10 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, "Amen, I say to you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith. 11 I say to you, many will come from the east and the west, and will recline with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the banquet in the kingdom of heaven, 12 but the children of the kingdom will be driven out into the outer darkness, where there will be wailing and
grinding of teeth." 13 And Jesus said to the centurion, "You may go; as you have believed, let it be done for you." And at that very hour his servant was healed. 14 Jesus entered the house of Peter, and saw his mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. 15 He touched her hand, the fever left her, and she rose and waited on him. 16 When it was evening, they brought him many who were possessed by demons, and he drove out the spirits by a word and cured all the sick, 17 to fulfill what had been said by Isaiah the prophet: "He took away our infirmities and bore our diseases."
t h i n k: We all have to die of something, so why not sickness?
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