A nameless military leader from a pagan empire has more faith than the leaders of God’s people …to say the least! The religious leaders are jealous and hostile in their confrontations with Jesus. The centurion, on the other hand, has a perspective that frees him for only one purpose. “My dear servant is sick and I believe that Jesus can heal him.” His love and need pierce beyond religious establishment. The centurion is simple, humble, and direct. He believes that Jesus does not have to come to his house; the Word of Jesus is sufficient to heal his servant.
Stand close to the centurion as a silent aide so that you can see and feel all that takes place. This is a key healing incident, one to which you can relate. When you take Holy Communion, especially hear the words of the centurion that have come down through the ages “Say but the Word and my soul will be healed.”
In loving, others can be. v. 5
Speak Your word and I am healed v. 7
Being humble before You v. 9
Believing in Your power v. 10
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This is the first of thirteen weeks in Pentecost, Year C.
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Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from
The Revised Common Lectionary.
Year C is dedicated to the Gospel of Luke.
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