WORD of the DAY
Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof.
(Mt 8: 8)
A centurion informs Jesus that his servant is sick and he turns to Him with a confident and trustful appeal: he knows that Jesus can always fulfill His name which means ‘Savior’. However, he does not feel worthy that Jesus should come into his house. His word is enough to heal his servant. The centurion shows his humility and his faith. He believes that Jesus can work the miracle, but he feels too unworthy to receive Him in his home.
These are attitudes that we too show when we repeat the same words of the centurion as we approach Holy Communion: “Lord, I am not worthy to receive You; say but the Word and I shall be saved”.
Let us approach Jesus with these sentiments of faith and of humility as we open our hearts to receive Him. During this period of Advent, let us prepare ourselves for the Lord’s coming and that He may gather all the peoples from the East and West to save us and unite us in harmony and peace.
O Lord, open our hearts to Your coming and Your presence will fill us with Joy!
The voice of St. Augustine, Church Father
The centurion’s humility was the door through which the Lord entered so that he could possess more completely the one he already possessed.