By Sem. Philip Faustino S. Volante
Even Jesus gets amazed!
“When Jesus heard this, he was amazed…” Reading this in our Gospel for today makes me feel amazed as well! How can Jesus, the Man-God gets amazed by a centurion? I feel that our Gospel for today, through God’s actions and reactions, is teaching us to be open to the many amazements in our lives. And we can only be amazed if we have faith like that of the centurion.
I remember a friend who I once asked to join me for a road trip. Whenever I see something that is new to my eyes, I would say, “Huy, tignan mo. Ang ganda!” (Hey look at that, beautiful!), then he would reply, “mayroon niyan sa…” (they have that in…). Every time I see something unique or different, he would always tell me that he had seen it somewhere else. I told myself, “he lost his sense of amazement.” Sometimes, we have the same outlook as my friends’. We find our lives to be routinary. We wake up, go to school or work, eat, go home, eat again, sleep, then wake up again the following day, doing the same routine. We are focused in doing things over and over again that we fail to stop and see the beauty of each day. We have lost the sense of being open to the surprises God has in store for us daily. I believe that faith is essential in order for us to see things beautifully. Faith allows us to see that each day, though we may be doing the same things as before, we still look forward to experience something new because we know and believe that God has planned something good for us on this day. That is why I believe that a person with faith never gets tired to be amazed by God.
Even if we are facing difficulties and hardships, hopefully we still be amazed at how God works in our lives. No matter how difficult our situations in life are, I pray that we look at things in the perspective of faith and realize that the grace of God still flows on us through the opportunity of life and through the love of those people who care and support us. Now that we are preparing ourselves for the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, one present we may give to him is our gift of faith. Just like the Centurion, when the time comes when we are brought in the presence of Jesus, may we present ourselves not bringing any material gifts, but only our faith. Because faith will allow us to see God and His daily miracles in our lives.
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.”