December 4th, The centurion’s humble pie.

Matthew 8:5-11

When Jesus entered Capernaum,
a centurion approached him and appealed to him, saying,
“Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully.” 
He said to him, “I will come and cure him.” 
The centurion said in reply,
“Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof;
only say the word and my servant will be healed.
For I too am a man subject to authority,
with soldiers subject to me.
And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes;
and to another, ‘Come here,’ and he comes;
and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” 
When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him,
“Amen, I say to you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith. 
I say to you, many will come from the east and the west,
and will recline with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
at the banquet in the Kingdom of heaven.”


Can one have too much faith?  I don’t know the answer to that.  I am neither qualified or educated enough to answer that.  My initial thought is no, one can never have too much faith because faith is a gift of God, it’s a grace and God gives us what we need.  His Grace is sufficient.  Neither too much, nor too little.  What we do with that grace is up to us.  We receive faith through grace.  All of us have received the gift of faith however not all of us know it, and have put it to use.

Today’s Gospel reading tells us of the Roman centurion who commanded an army.  A man who could order people to battle, to their deaths even.  A man who states that he could command any of his soldiers to bring him anything.  He had it all.  Even faith in Jesus.  While today’s Gospel doesn’t speak of it, I think more importantly he had humility.  The humility to know his limits and to go to someone who could do something he couldn’t do.  Personally I think faith comes much easier if someone is humble than if they aren’t.  If we aren’t humble, then we think we can do anything and everything and why would we need faith at all?  Jesus spoke of the centurion’s faith as being superior to anyone in Israel.  This humble faith, through Grace, moved Jesus to save this man’s servant.

Imagine what humble faith could do for you in  your journey?

Thought for the day:  Where have I failed God?  Am I humble enough to admit that I have failed God?  When I do fail God, am I humble enough to ask for His help?  His healing?


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