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.

And you would respond?

Lord, I am not worthy
that you should enter under my roof,
but only say the word
and my soul shall be healed

Curious where that response in Mass came from?  Take a look at Today’s Gospel

When Jesus had finished all his words to the people,
he entered Capernaum.
A centurion there had a slave who was ill and about to die,
and he was valuable to him.
When he heard about Jesus, he sent elders of the Jews to him,
asking him to come and save the life of his slave.
They approached Jesus and strongly urged him to come, saying,
“He deserves to have you do this for him,
for he loves our nation and he built the synagogue for us.”
And Jesus went with them,
but when he was only a short distance from the house,
the centurion sent friends to tell him,
“Lord, do not trouble yourself,
for I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof.
Therefore, I did not consider myself worthy to come to you;
but say the word and let my servant be healed.
For I too am a person 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 at him
and, turning, said to the crowd following him,
“I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.”
When the messengers returned to the house,
they found the slave in good health.
That’s what I love about our Mass, our tradition.  The whole of it is based on the Bible – The Word of God.  Our prayers, our readings, our Eucharist, most of our music.  Whether is said in Latin or your native tongue, it is all beautiful.  All of it comes from God.  All of it is in Praise of God.  Every Mass is good and every Mass is holy.   And it doesn’t take a crowd to make it count.  How many of you know the number of people to make a “Catholic quorum”?  Where two or three are gathered in my name…
The first reading Paul continues to evangelize from his prison cell.  It amazes me that he would be allowed to write the way he did and get the message out to the Gentiles while in his prison cell.  Paul is the perfect example of how the power of Christ can completely change a man and his mission.  We all know the story.  Paul persecuted the Christians until Jesus had enough and knocked him off his ass – literally.  From that knock down on, Paul no longer persecuted but recruited until the day he died.  For there is one God.  There is also one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as ransom for all.
And the psalm…Blessed be the Lord, for he has heard my prayer.  Do you pray?  Do you pray often?  What is you pray for?  Use our psalmist from this morning for guidance if you need it…
Hear the sound of my pleading, when I cry to you,
lifting up my hands toward your holy shrine.
The LORD is my strength and my shield.
In him my heart trusts, and I find help;
then my heart exults, and with my song I give him thanks.
The LORD is the strength of his people,
the saving refuge of his anointed.
Save your people, and bless your inheritance;
feed them, and carry them forever!
I’ll end today’s post with a verse from our opening and closing hymns from yesterday’s Mass.  I find them rather appropriate for today too…
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of Creation
O my soul, praise him, for he is thy health and salvation!
All ye who hear,
Now to his temple draw near,
Join me in glad adoration!

Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things has done, in Whom this world rejoices;
Who from our mothers’ arms has blessed us on our way
With countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.

Oh, may this bounteous God through all our life be near us,
With ever joyful hearts and blessed peace to cheer us;
And keep us in His grace, and guide us when perplexed;
And guard us through all ills in this world, till the next!

All praise and thanks to God the Father now be given,
The Son, and Him Who reigns with Them in highest Heaven—
The one eternal God, Whom earth and Heav’n adore;
For thus it was, is now, and shall be evermore.


Do something great for our Lord today – pray, pray often, pray fervently and when you’re done, start it all over again.  Make your life – all that you do – one beautiful prayer for our Lord.

God’s will, not mine, be done.

Be not afraid; just have faith.

Jesus, I trust in You.

He must increase; I must decrease.

Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof but only say the work and my soul shall be healed.

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