Saturday, the 12th week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday, - Friday
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00, 11:15am
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - First Martyrs of the Church of Rome
Readings for today’s Mass
The centurion of today’s gospel could be seen as an example of servant leadership. He is an officer in the Roman military who asks for a favor of Jesus for his paralyzed servant. Of note is his request, it is not for one of his more valuable soldiers, but for a servant. Servants would seldom receive such attention from a master; after all, they were servants. This must have been a very valuable servant.
Even more extraordinary is the centurion who sought out Jesus and asked for help. It would be more typical for the master to dispatch another servant to do such bidding. That’s what the relationship is between masters and servants. Surely this was a special centurion master.
In this case, the centurion is doing a role reversal, assuming a task that would be assigned to a servant. What’s more, he is doing it for the sake of a servant. He is leading by example - servant leadership. The story of the Holy Thursday foot washing should come to mind about now? Is this what the new kingdom looks like?
As you journey on thru Ordinary Time, consider the idea of servant leadership, remember the foot washing, think of a Roman centurion.
Take some quiet time and pray that you might grow more fully into the role of a servant leader, of the Roman centurion. It's what i expect to see in the kingdom growing around us.