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Matthew 8:5-13

The Word of God

When he entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, appealing to him and saying, "Lord, my servant is lying at home paralysed, in terrible distress." And he said to him, "I will come and cure him." The centurion answered, "Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only speak the word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man 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 him, he was amazed and said to those who followed him, "Truly I tell you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith. I tell you, many will come from east and west and will eat with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, while the heirs of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth." And to the centurion Jesus said, "Go; let it be done for you according to your faith." And the servant was healed in that hour.

Matthew 8:5-13
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    • Being in a position of power and influence leads some people astray: they get to think that they have rights over all people. The centurion recognised that he was part of a network, one person among others – in relationship. I consider how I look on those who do me humble service. Do I respect and enhance the dignity of the people on whom I depend?
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    • Lord, this centurion captures my heart. Along with the calm consciouness of his authority goes an extraordinary feeling for his sick servant, which leads him to forget his standing as the officer of an occupying power, and respectfully beg a favour; more than that, he respects the possible reluctance of a Jew to enter a Gentile’s house, and bows to the greater authority he senses in Jesus.
    • Are there any in my life, Lord, for whom I would go to such lengths? Yet I am one of those you welcome, who come from east and west to eat with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. May I be worthy of that calling.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • Lord, this centurion captures my heart. Along with the calm consciouness of his authority goes an extraordinary feeling for his sick servant, which leads him to forget his standing as the officer of an occupying power, and respectfully beg a favour; more than that, he respects the possible reluctance of a Jew to enter a Gentile’s house, and bows to the greater authority he senses in Jesus.
    • Are there any in my life, Lord, for whom I would go to such lengths? Yet I am one of those you welcome, who come from east and west to eat with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. May I be worthy of that calling.