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Faith Daily | 28 November 2022

PRAYER of the DAY - APBA p464

Almighty God,

give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness

and put on the armour of light,

now in the time of this mortal life

in which your Son Jesus Christ came among us

in great humility,

that on the last day,

when he shall come again in his glorious majesty

to judge the living and the dead,

we may rise to the life immortal;

through him who lives and reigns with you

and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Amen.


GOSPEL for the Day: Matthew 8: 5-11


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.


GOSPEL REFLECTION: Alan Dann


There are several questions that are raised by this passage which documents Jesus’s interaction with a centurion, a Roman soldier aligned and loyal to a conquering and hated army and neither Jew nor follower of Christ.


Wikipedia tells us that “Capernaum, in the Galilee of northern Israel is a Biblical village. It sits not far from other important Christian sites in Israel. These include Bethsaida, the Mount of Beatitudes, and Tabgha, as well as the Jordan River and Tiberias on the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee.”. So it is within the immediate locality where Jesus had influence.


It is reasonable to think that the soldier would have heard of the miracles that were performed by Jesus and the faith that his followers had in his ability to cure people.


The centurion demonstrated profound faith in the ability of Jesus to accede to his request to help his servant who was lying paralysed at home. Where did he get this faith? Well probably he had heard reports of other miracles. He may have even seen the successful results. He had faith.


The centurion is not asking Jesus for a personal cure but a cure for a servant who was in his care. As well as deep faith he also demonstrates that he cares for his associates, even his servants, but also has great humility; not wishing Jesus to enter his home.


Mark closes the passage by spelling out a revelation of God that many from near and far will show examples of the faith shown by the centurion – worldwide and to this day!


FINAL PRAYER adapted from a little brochure of “Prayers” from the Wesley Hospital


Lord Jesus,

Breathe your spirit of hope and healing into people who are sick,

Those who are lonely and frightened,

Those who are discouraged by slow progress.

Free them from anxiety and fear by granting them perfect confidence and faith in you.

Amen

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