As I post the readings for today (the feast of St. Francis Xavier), see if what pops into your head was what popped into mine. As you read through the Gospel, something should sound rather familiar to you. Let me help…the priest at Mass elevates the Eucharist and says…
Behold the Lamb of God, behold Him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.
To which you reply…
Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.
That line we say in response to the priests invitation to the partake in the supper of the Lamb is taken out of today’s Gospel…
Gospel MT 8:5-11
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.
I say to you, many will come from the east and the west,
and will recline with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
at the banquet in the Kingdom of heaven.”
Next the time your at Mass, think about all of the prayers and responses and question where it is they come from. You will soon learn and understand our opening statement for today’s post…This is why the liturgical air we breathe is and will always be biblical.
Do something great for our Lord today – spent 5 minutes in quiet prayer and reflection in anticipation for His coming.
God’s will, not mine be done.
Be not afraid; just have faith.
Jesus, I trust in You.