Memorial of Saint Francis Xavier, Priest

Is 2:1-5; Ps 122:1-2, 3-4, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9; Mt 8:5-11

Today’s Gospel reading is indeed a journey of Faith. Jesus enters Capernaum, which is a small fishing village of little importance and having a small population. A Roman Centurion approaches Jesus with a request, “My servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully.” The Centurion exposes his deepest humility and weakness as a man to Jesus. He tells Jesus, I need your help. The Centurion explains to Jesus he has authority over soldiers and slaves. He may be a non-believer. What is this sacred encounter? Is it God’s Providence, revelation, or Divine Grace? Jesus gives words of comfort to the centurion, “I will come and cure him”. Indeed another sacred moment between great faith and great humility. The centurion was convinced of Christ supremacy and speaks, “I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof”. We are unworthy of God’s blessings like the centurion. How do we bring comfort and healing to those in need?

Br. Gabriel O’Brien, O.S.F