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Luke 7, 1-10

The Word of God

After Jesus had finished all his sayings in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum. A centurion there had a slave whom he valued highly, and who was ill and close to death. When he heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to him, asking him to come and heal his slave. When they came to Jesus, they appealed to him earnestly, saying, ‘He is worthy of having you do this for him, for he loves our people, and it is he who built our synagogue for us.’ And Jesus went with them, but when he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to say to him, ‘Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; therefore I did not presume to come to you. But only speak the word, and let my servant be healed. For I also am a man set 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 the slave does it.’ When Jesus heard this he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, he said, ‘I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.’ When those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the slave in good health.

Luke 7, 1-10
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    • At no stage in this whole consoling passage is there evidence of the centurion being in the physical presence of Jesus. He sent others to ask Jesus for healing. And as Jesus neared the house he sent friends to tell him not to trouble coming any further. We echo his astonishing words every time we celebrate the Eucharist - “Lord, I am not worthy to have you under my roof”.
    • Jesus was profoundly impressed by the quality of the life of this man and his genuine concern for his slave. He was not an Israelite yet he put his faith and trust in Jesus whom he called “Lord” on the basis of his experience during his time of duty among the Israelites. As with the centurion we don't need to see Jesus with our eyes to know that he is alive and active in our lives.
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    • Jesus is astonished: he is unused to finding such faith and rejoices where he finds freedom. I can pray for the freedom I need to show faith, trust or humility – even when it is least expected.
    • Jesus allows himself to identify with someone who speaks of “our people”. Surely he values the generosity and openness of the speaker, glad that it is not used in a narrow or exclusive way. Seeing how Jesus is able to welcome the faith of the stranger and see in it an example, I pray that I may look again at those I consider different and learn from their ways.
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    • There is something saintly about this centurion. He is a model of compassion, taking great pains on behalf of a slave. The more common attitude would have been to discard a slave once he could no longer work. He is a model of humility. Though an officer of the imperial army, he begs a favour of this travelling rabbi. And he is a model of faith, recognising the authority of Jesus, who marvels at him.
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    • There is something saintly about this centurion. He is a model of compassion, taking great pains on behalf of a slave. The more common attitude would have been to discard a slave once he could no longer work. He is a model of humility. Though an officer of the imperial army, he begs a favour of this travelling rabbi. And he is a model of faith, recognising the authority of Jesus, who marvels at him.