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Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord. — Psalm 122
Mass Readings: Isaiah 2:1-5 / Matthew 8:5-11
It was only yesterday that the Church began using the new translations for the prayers at Mass. Today’s Gospel features the Roman centurion’s prayer we say before Communion and now it’s closer to what Matthew records:“Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed.”
Such faith. This soldier, whose people didn’t follow Jesus, believed so deeply that he didn’t feel worthy for Jesus to enter his house, whispering in his humility that Jesus need only to “say the word.” I am not worthy. And what a difference Jesus can make when He “says the word” for me!
Prayer: Lord Jesus, forgive my lack of humility; please help me develop faith like the centurion.
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