Faith Daily | 13 September 2021
PRAYER of the DAY - PENTECOST APBA p581
without you we are not able to please you:
mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit
may in all things direct and rule our hearts;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
GOSPEL for the Day: Luke 7: 1-10
After Jesus had finished all his sayings in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum. 2A centurion there had a slave whom he valued highly, and who was ill and close to death. 3When he heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to him, asking him to come and heal his slave. 4When they came to Jesus, they appealed to him earnestly, saying, “He is worthy of having you do this for him, 5for he loves our people, and it is he who built our synagogue for us.” 6And Jesus went with them, but when he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to say to him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; 7therefore I did not presume to come to you. But only speak the word, and let my servant be healed. 8For I also am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and the slave does it.” 9When Jesus heard this he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, he said, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.” 10When those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the slave in good health.
GOSPEL Reflection: Contributed by: Kathy Allen
I read these ten short verses and I am overwhelmed by the power of faith - faith that transcends race and religious orientation, time and distance; faith that is humble and unassuming; faith that asks for little and gives much.
Jesus has just concluded the Sermon on the Mount and He is probably looking for a bit of a break in Capernaum. However, His reputation has preceded Him and a Roman soldier – a Centurion no less – asks for the favour of healing, not for himself but for his valued slave. The Centurion does not approach Jesus himself but asks Jewish elders to make the request on his behalf, perhaps thinking that Jesus might be dismissive of him or think him insincere otherwise. The Jewish elders assure Jesus that the Centurion is a good man in that he built a synagogue for them. It seems to me unlikely that Jesus would have been influenced by this last piece of information as He did not require tributes and so on.
It is only when other men come to Jesus and explain that the Centurion would never ask Jesus to come to his house because he is not worthy enough for such an honour, but just to send His healing grace from afar that Jesus exclaims that the Centurion is a man of great faith. The Centurion has acknowledged the power of Jesus through the love of God, something with which many of the disciples themselves were still grappling.
Many of us have been raised not to ask for things, but to do things for ourselves. This can include being reluctant to ask for help of any kind. Amongst other things, this parable should strengthen us in what might be a renewed desire to ask Jesus for help. He is here and He is listening.
FINAL PRAYER: – Kathy Allen (Pray from a Gospel Lyric)
Give me Jesus on the line
I’d like to speak to a friend of mine
Oh prayer is the number
Faith is the exchange
Heaven is the street
And Jesus is his name
Please give me Jesus on the line.
By William Sprivery, 1975. As sung by Manhattan Transfer