Saturday, XII Week of Ordinary Time, Year A

When humility embraces faith, great things happen

Readings: 1st: Lam 2:2. 10-14.18-19; Ps: 74; Gos: Mt 8:5-17

This brief reflection was written by Fr. Njoku Canice Chukwuemeka, C.S.Sp. He is a Catholic Priest and a member of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans). He is a missionary in Puerto Rico, the island of enchantment. He is the Chancellor of the Dioceses of Fajardo-Humacao, Puerto Rico; the Parish Priest of Parroquia la Resurrección del Senor, Canovanas and the Major Superior of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans), Circumscription of Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic. For more details and comments contact him at:  canice_c_njoku@yahoo.com, canicechukwuemeka@gmail.com.

Today is the Saturday of the twelfth week of ordinary time. After the sermon on the mount, Matthew recorded ten miracles of Jesus between chapter eight and nine of his Gospel.

Today, he presents three healing episodes from this chain of Jesus’ miracles. I will focus only on the first of these three miracles of today.

However, one thing is common to the three miracles of today. This is the fact that, they are all good examples of humility and faith in action.

They also, remind us that when humility embraces faith, great things happen, and much is achieved through divine intervention.

The first miracle of the healing of the Centurion’s servant has much to teach us. Given the position of the Centurion, one would expect that he should have sent one of his servants to invite Christ to his house.

However, he humbly went to Christ by himself. His words after stating his mission showed the depth of his humility: “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof, only say the word and my servant will be healed.”

This is an attitude of unlimited trust. Of course, the one who came to be touched by Christ, himself touched Christ through his humility, faith and words. Through his faith, he moved Christ to grant him an “express service.”

Compassion and respect are prominent in Jesus’ relationships with us. In his ministry of bringing the good news and healing, Christ always takes the initiative, and responds to our different requests and needs.

That is, irrespective of who is involved, and our situation. This is because, what matters most to him is our salvation, and peace.

However, we must pause to ask ourselves today, how many of our leaders can humble themselves like this centurion? How many of us can sale our pride in order to do what he did?

Christ is ever ready to listen, and to heal us, but, are we ready to humble ourselves and come to him in faith?

Peace be with you all!

Maranatha!

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