Monday of the 1st week of Advent
Mass at noon: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - Thursday at 7p
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00 and 11:15am
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - John Damascene
Readings for today’s Mass
Gospel healings often include the element of touch, but in this case, the key factor was the faith of the centurion. In no one in Israel have I found such faith. Jesus said this even with his understanding that the focus of his ministry did not include the gentiles, and certainly not a Roman officer.
There is one more significant detail about the centurion. He was a man with faith in Jesus; and maybe a cut above the rest in goodness, a decent human being. Note who the ask is for. It isn't for part of his family, not for one of his valued soldiers, but for a servant. Surely the servant was the least of those who were part of this story. The servant had a very good master.
Jesus was well aware of our unworthiness when he told us to ask and we will receive. It is good for us to acknowledge unworthiness, as long as it doesn't get in the way of asking. Jesus is always there for us. Being unworthy does not make us bad people. It just means that we still have room to grow. Pray with that as you begin your Advent journey and prepare yourself to welcome Jesus under our roof.
A blessed Advent to you.