November 28, 2016
Monday of the First Week in Advent
The Gospel Today
When Jesus entered Capernaum,
a centurion approached him and appealed to him, saying,
“Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully.”
He said to him, “I will come and cure him.”
The centurion said in reply,
“Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof;
only say the word and my servant will be healed.
For I too am a man subject to authority,
with soldiers subject to me.
And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes;
and to another, ‘Come here,’ and he comes;
and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him,
“Amen, I say to you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith.
I say to you, many will come from the east and the west,
and will recline with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
at the banquet in the Kingdom of heaven.”
REFLECTION (Sem. Peter Collin S. Crisostomo)
Yesterday we started the season of Advent. It is a preparation for the first coming of the Messiah. Today the Gospel invites us to reflect on the faith of the Roman centurion. He firmly believes that his servant will be healed even if Jesus is not physically present.
We are encouraged to have a faith like that of the centurion every time we hear Mass. We utter these words: “Lord, I am not worthy that you enter under my roof; but only say the word and I should be healed.” In our everyday life, we should have this kind of conviction that we have a God that is always ready to receive and heal us from the sins we commit.
Life is indeed a tough one if we resist but if we are willing to give ourselves to Him, everything will be in accord to His will. We just need to say YES everyday to Him. Have faith that he will not let us down but will carry and heal us every time we fall.
I remember when I was still in college, I was not really in good standing in Mathematics. I cannot do any remedy on the class because the professor gave only two preliminary quizzes, a mid-term examination and then one final examination. During the mid-terms I am at the verge of giving up and losing my faith that I could still pass the subject.
Then, I found an inspiration in the Eucharist, the exact words we utter before receiving the Body of Christ. With that I planned everything on how I can prepare so that I will not be tempted not to study. I took me six hours of sweat and blood to understand algebra.
The day of the exam came and to my surprise, the questions I reviewed before the exam were almost the same as that of the test. The results came. I passed the exam as well as the subject.
For in God, nothing is impossible if you believe and cooperate with His grace.