5 As he entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, beseeching him 6 and saying, "Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, in terrible distress." 7 And he said to him, "I will come and heal him." 8 But the centurion answered him, "Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I 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 he does it." 10 When Jesus heard him, he marveled, and said to those who followed him, "Truly, I say to you, not even in Israel have I found such faith. 11 I tell you, many will come from east and west and sit at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven
I wish to propose for this week, the theme of ‘watch and pray’ for our meditation. In this history of the centurion, a man with authority and power has the humility to come to Jesus to save his servant. Jesus sees what is inside of the person. The humility is an expression of his faith that Jesus is asking us to watch in us. Do we have such deep faith? The faith is capable of transforming us. If we have the same faith like this Centurion, we too will be able to approach Jesus when we are in need. It is not making Him as a servant, rather submitting us before God as a faithful disciple of Christ.
Thus let us not give much importance to the appearance, even like the virtue of humility, rather what has pushed this man to surrender before Christ and why he refused the honour of having Jesus as a guest in his house. This contemplation will help us to discover the house where he has already allowed Jesus to enter. Have we allowed Jesus to enter in our heart?
Daily Quote from the early church fathers:
Welcoming the Lord Jesus with expectant faith and humility, by Augustine of Hippo, 354-430 A.D.
"When the Lord promised to go to the centurion's house to heal his servant, the centurion answered, 'Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only say the word, and my servant will be healed.' By viewing himself as unworthy, he showed himself worthy for Christ to come not merely into his house but also into his heart. He would not have said this with such great faith and humility if he had not already welcomed in his heart the One who came into his house. It would have been no great joy for the Lord Jesus to enter into his house and not to enter his heart. For the Master of humility both by word and example sat down also in the house of a certain proud Pharisee, Simon, and though he sat down in his house, there was no place in his heart. For in his heart the Son of Man could not lay his head" (Matthew 8:20). (excerpt from SERMON 62.1)