Faith Daily | 26 June 2021
PRAYER of the DAY - PENTECOST APBA p552
Almighty and everlasting God,
you are always more ready to hear that we to pray,
and give more than either we desire or deserve:
pour down upon us the abundance of your mercy,
forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid,
and giving us those good things
which we are not worthy to ask,
save through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ,
your Son our Lord.
GOSPEL for the Day: Matthew 8: 5-17
5When he entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, appealing to him 6and saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, in terrible distress.” 7And he said to him, “I will come and cure him.” 8The centurion answered, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only speak the word, and my servant will be healed. 9For I also am a man 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.” 10When Jesus heard him, he was amazed and said to those who followed him, “Truly I tell you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith. 11I tell you, many will come from east and west and will eat with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, 12while the heirs of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” 13And to the centurion Jesus said, “Go; let it be done for you according to your faith.” And the servant was healed in that hour.
14When Jesus entered Peter’s house, he saw his mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever; 15he touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she got up and began to serve him. 16That evening they brought to him many who were possessed with demons; and he cast out the spirits with a word, and cured all who were sick. 17This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah, “He took our infirmities and bore our diseases.”
GOSPEL Reflection: Contributed by: Pamela Davey
The first story about the centurion (a non-Jewish military officer in command of 50 to 100 soldiers) is convinced that diseases are as obedient to Jesus as soldiers are to him (comment from ‘The New Oxford Bible’).
According to Richard Rohr, Jesus always honoured and often idealized good, holy non-Jews, like the Samaritan man (Luke 10:29-37), the Roman centurion (Matthew 8:5-13), and the Syro-Phoenician woman (Mark 7:24-30). But even his disciples struggled to accept that the outsider could or should be accepted. If you’re stuck in the first half of life, with your explanation about why you or your group are the best, you will hold on strongly because it’s all you have, and any change feels like dying.
Often the only thing that can break down your natural egocentricity is discovering that the qualities you hate in others are actually within you.
It does make you think of the faith and trust children have in their loved ones. Like Jesus said, we need this type of trust and faith to enter the kingdom. We are lucky enough to have this reminder in front of us daily, whether through our pets, grandchildren, our own children or those we know.
FINAL PRAYER: Michael Leunig
We give thanks for domestic animals.
Those creatures who can trust us enough
To come close. Those creatures who can
Trust us enough to be true to themselves.
They approach us from the wild. They
Approach us from the inner world. They
Bring beauty and joy, comfort and peace.
For this miracle and for the lesson of
This miracle. We give thanks.