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Daily Eucharistic Reflections

December 4, 2023

Amen, I say to you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith. I say to you, many will come from the East and the West and will recline…at the banquet in the Kingdom of heaven.

There are times of doubt when I question whether I am one of God’s chosen people worthy to join Jesus in his kingdom. Then I read this passage in the gospel of Matthew where Jesus, a Jew, claims that a Roman soldier has the most incredible faith that he has witnessed. This soldier recognized Jesus’ authority and humbly approached him, knowing that Jesus could miraculously cure his servant using only words.

Jesus was willing to come and cure the man’s servant himself before the soldier demonstrated his great act of faith. The soldier famously says the words we quote during mass before receiving Jesus into our bodies and souls: Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word, and my servant will be healed.

The soldier calls Jesus “Lord” and requests healing not for himself but for his servant. At this request, the soldier’s servant is not only immediately healed at Jesus’ command, but the soldier also gains the kingdom of heaven. Worthiness is not a requirement for salvation—it is faith in the healing power of our Lord that saves us and those we care for.

Now, when I am kneeling and reciting these words before receiving Jesus in the Eucharist, I will come humbly, pray for those who need physical and spiritual healing, and know that regardless of occupation, race, or rank, it is only by our hearts and expressions of faith that we are chosen, saved and welcomed in the heavenly kingdom.

Are you placing limits on yourself or Jesus’ power?

What or who would Jesus not cure if asked?

Let Us Pray:

Lord, let us invite you into our hearts and homes and receive you in word, daily bread, and spirit. We pray for all of our brothers and sisters who are physically or spiritually ill. Let your face shine upon us and grow peace within our families, communities, and the world. Amen.

 

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