Monday, December 4, 2006

The Centurian

Sometimes, I get a little too cocky. Maybe I'm trying to impress Jillian, or manipulate my way into someone's good praises or affections, or maybe I am simply thinking more of myself than I truly am.

Any way you look at it, we all need the courage to be like the centurion in Matthew's Gospel. He lays down all his authority, willingly, and in true humility asks Christ to simply use the power of his Word. This centurion, a Roman pagan to the Jews of the time, understood the power of Christ's word and the humility needed to show praise and thanks giving.

Here's to us having the courage every day to do the right thing.

When Jesus entered Capernaum,
a centurion approached him and appealed to him, saying,
“Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully.”

He said to him, “I will come and cure him.”
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.
For I too am a man 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.”
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.
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.”