Feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary

1Cor. 11:17-26, 33 | Ps. 40:7-10, 17 | Lk. 7:1-10

Paul is trying to teach the Corinthians how to live the Christian life.  He is upset because not all are being treated in the same manner as Christ taught.  Some are going away drunk while others are starving.  Jesus is approached to heal the Centurion’s slave.  When Jesus comes close to the home, the Centurion tells him he is unworthy for Him to come to his home.  “Rather, he says, speak the word and my servant will be healed.” What great faith!  Jesus recognizes the man’s faith and heals the servant.  This is one of those unusual events: a Jew concerned for a gentile– especially a Roman Soldier.  What Jesus does is what Paul is talking about.  He is concerned for each person regardless of wealth, religion, job or position.  Jesus is concerned about faith and a person’s love and openness.  When we believe and are open, God can do great things for us and those we love.

Take time for prayer.  Imagine this scene.  Consider people who are friends and those who are sick and need help.  Bring these people to Christ and ask Him to heal them.  Have faith and trust in God’s care.  We are called to bring people to Christ.  Don’t let fear get in the way.  Christ wants us to bring others to Him.  Give thanks for all the ways Christ wants to heal all.

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