The Proclamation of the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew
 And when he had entered into Capharnaum, there came to him a centurion, beseeching him,
 And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, and is grieviously tormented. And Jesus saith to him: I will come and heal him.  And the centurion making answer, said: Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldst enter under my roof: but only say the word, and my servant shall be healed.  For I also am a man subject to authority, having under me soldiers; and I say to this, Go, and he goeth, and to another, Come, and he cometh, and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. And Jesus hearing this, marvelled; and said to them that followed him: Amen I say to you, I have not found so great faith in Israel.
 And I say to you that many shall come from the east and the west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven:
The Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ
MEDITATION: The Gospel for today shows us a great faith of a person towards the Word of God’s words. The reply of our Lord Jesus to the statement of the centurion is really mysterious for the latter’s words do not contain anything that will invite the Lord to come to the place where the centurion’s servant is lying except for the prayer he said to the Lord informing God about the servant’s condition; and of course God also wants to go because of the faith of the centurion towards Him and also God’s love, mercy, and compassion towards the sick person. Jesus Christ’s reply is, “I will come and cure him.” We can see here how great is our Lord and God towards people who approach and pray to Him even if we do not invited God to come for us. Such words of God shows that our prayer and faith towards Him especially our cry for help for the people we want to be healed and where our concern, love, mercy, and compassion rest is an opportunity for God to come because these serve as an invitation of us for God to come for us and to cure us.
But the centurion’s reply towards the great consolation of the advent of the Lord to his house and God’s personal presence to cure the sick servant is much more mysterious for his reply to God’s advent and healing indirectly rejects the very person of God, not allowing Jesus Christ to come to his house. But his words show a very great faith for the centurion is unworthy to receive God in his house, he just wants the Lord to say a word that will heal the servant. Why he not allowed God to come? It is because the centurion fully knows that just an utterance of Jesus Christ’s word will bring healing, and he wants God not to be subjected and become obedient to his unworthy self and in his words that commands and give orders. The centurion fully knows that God’s word is enough to bring what he desires and that is the healing of his servant. He also tells God that he is subject to authority and he is also and authority himself, where the centurion shows to the Lord that his word of command and of order is being obeyed right away by the people who were under his authority. Well, if it is indeed so, then, the centurion has no right to command or order Jesus Christ to come to his house and to heal his servant for it is God and that is God. For if the centurion’s words were obeyed and carried out right away by his subordinates, then how much more are the words of God not to take effect right away after these were uttered by God Himself? Of course the Word of God will take effect far faster than the speed of light! This also tells us how important it is to be solid in the faith in Jesus Christ the Word of God and on the Word of God’s words. How great must be our faith to Jesus Christ and in His words! Now, it reasonable to say that all of us are a shame in front of God for we don’t have that great faith like that of the centurion towards the Word of God and to the Word of God’s words. It is wanting in us that we have that such great faith like that of the centurion’s. I think it’s not late to ask ourselves, “Am I now a centurion and do I have a centurion-like faith?”
I believe there is a revelation to us in today’s Gospel. God the Father sent His Son, the Word of God Jesus Christ for us “so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him” (John 3:16-17). Because of our unworthiness, God the Father sent His Word for us so that we may be saved and healed through Him. Jesus Christ the Word of God was sent to us but we are still unworthy of Him because He is God. That will also explains why we have the Mother of God as our Mediatrix. Mama Mary is the one who will send the Word for us and she will bring us to the Word just as what she did in the Incarnation of God in her womb, carrying the Word made flesh in her body.
Because we are unworthy just like the centurion, we must approach Mary because she is the Body of God Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ’s Body was taken alone from Mama Mary. In the Gospel for today, it is clear that Mama Mary the Mother of God is the one who was approached by the centurion even if it is Jesus Christ in His own person. How can I say so? It is because Jesus Christ and Mary His Mother is inseparable to one another. In Jesus Christ own person, He has His Divinity and He is God while at the same time He is human for He has the Body of Mary, which is now His own Body too. Although Jesus Christ is God and man, still, He is God, and we are unworthy to receive God. So, because it is evident in the Bible or it is biblical, we must rather go to Mama Mary who is God’s Body even Mama Mary is not God herself but a mere human being. Why we must go to Mama Mary instead of going directly to Jesus Christ? Well, because it is in the Bible. Like the centurion who approached God made flesh in Mary’s flesh, so also we must approach God in His flesh which is Mary because we are unworthy to receive God.
The centurion’s reply to Jesus Christ can be paraphrased into this:
“Mother Mary, I am not worthy to have you and Jesus Christ enter under my roof; only say Jesus Christ the Word and my servant will be healed.”
And we can also add this as prayer before we receive Jesus Christ in the Holy Communion:
“Mother Mary, I am not worthy that you and Jesus Christ should enter under my roof; only make my body your body and say to me Jesus Christ the Word and my soul will be healed.”
“Jesus, I trust in You” “O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee”
“I am all Thine and all that I have is Thine, o most loving Jesus, through Mary, thy most holy Mother.”
To the greater glory of God!
Mary H. Distributist