FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
26 JUNE 2021 Saturday 12
WORD of the DAY
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. (Mt 8: 5-9)
How shall I live this Word?
The reflection, this time, is given to us by Fr. Franco Mastrolonardo, animator of “The boys of the young point of Riccione, who writes:
“I found several comments from the boys about this gospel. I try to put them together by ordering them in three places. The first, the one that is most striking is the Roman centurion’s going to meet Jesus. It starts with an originality. Usually it is Jesus who meets, calls, and heals. Here it is a Roman centurion, a foreigner, an oppressing soldier, of a different religion who approaches Jesus. Perhaps this man does not even know who Jesus is, but something inside pushes him. This intuition, this desire, this invisible but moving need is the engine that drives him. It is the search for God who dwells in every person on earth. The centurion takes seriously this desire that he feels in his heart. He does not allow himself to be intimidated, he does not fear Jesus, but confronts Him head on. He already feels loved and healed, he already trusts Him and so he goes to meet Him sure of receiving healing! Second point: Jesus is surprised because He is approached by a stranger who is not part of His discipleship; he is amazed that he is faced with a brave man who begs a healing not for himself but for his servant. He is amazed that he is humble and the words “I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof” almost melt Him. Jesus marvels at humanity, at the beautiful surprises He discovers in the hearts of people. In these encounters, in these situations, Jesus is no longer the teacher, but the disciple. Disciple of a master paradoxically greater than Himself: the Mystery of Life. And finally the third point: the movement of Jesus. “I will come and cure him.” How authoritatively Jesus moves. He does not allow Himself to be overcome in generosity or even in courage. In the face of this courageous and humble man, Jesus does not hesitate. The centurion knows that everything is possible for God and Jesus is the Son of God and he knows exactly that this is so.
The Voice of THE BOYS
Jesus’ answer to our prayer is always both affirmative and negative; it depends on our faith whether it is one or the other. In this case, Jesus immediately senses the soldier’s great faith and puts Himself at his complete disposal. And faith performs the miracle of healing, even at a distance.
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