Saturday 30 June 2018
Lamentations 2:2, 10-14, 18-19. Psalm 73(74):1-7, 20-21. Matthew 8:5-17.
Lord, forget not the life of your poor ones—Psalm 73(74):1-7, 20-21.
‘Lord, my servant is lying at home paralysed, in terrible distress.’
The centurion was a Roman, working for the Romans, so it was taboo for Jesus to go to his house to heal his servant. However, Jesus was prepared to ignore that Jewish law for the good of this child and because he marvelled at the faith and humility of the centurion.
One thing Jesus required of the people he healed was to have faith, a relationship which sprang from the covenant that God had made with his people. Sometimes our faith is tested, even severely. In such times we need to spend time calling on Jesus’ healing presence.