The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof.
But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.
“Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.” These are the words spoken by the people and the priest during the Eucharistic prayer during mass. Just before we receive communion.
Today, I read the verse in Matthew 8.
And I realized that what is said during mass is taken directly from scripture. Some of you are saying, “DUH!?!”
Please…show me some grace. I am not a life-long member of the Catholic church. I joined when my son was 2 because I knew it was the Lord’s will for my life…to follow the spiritual leader of my home. You can read about that here
This morning, as I read this passage…these words have new meaning.
I KNOW I am not worthy. But today my sense of unworthiness is elevated. This Advent season reminds me of how low he went – being born in a stinky, dirty stable – just so he could die.
For my sins.
For my healing.
And the healing…sometimes I think we want it to be instantaneous. With a snap of the fingers we are healed. But it doesn’t work like that too often.
No, the healing comes in the relationship.
In the time spent with Him. Learning to wait.
Learning to be patient.
Remember that HE knows what he is doing. It is all for my good. Even though it may not seem like it at the time.
And as I heard these words in church, I was reminded of what Advent is all about.