Monday 28 November 2022

About Today Readings

Isaiah 4:2-6. Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord – Psalm 121(122):1-2, 4-5, 6-9. Matthew 8:5-11.

Just give the word and my servant will be healed

The people of humble faith who Matthew presents for our admiration and imitation are often outsiders scorned by the religious establishment – a leper (8:2), two blind men (9:28), an importunate Canaanite woman (15:28) and, in today’s Gospel reading, a compassionate unnamed centurion whose words we recall every time we celebrate the Eucharist.

We would do well to take account of these examples, especially if we are given to passing judgment on the perceived lack of faith of others. Like the Roman soldier’s servant, all of us without exception stand in need of the Lord’s healing touch, whether our ailments are physical, mental or spiritual.

‘Lord, I am not worthy’ is a very suitable prayer to make our own as we combine joyful hope with sincere repentance in this Advent season.

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