The centurion in this Gospel story had built a synagogue for the Jews. Knowing them so well, he understood that going into a Gentile’s house would make Jesus unclean. He believed Jesus had God’s power to heal his cherished servant with a simple word.
We pray with that centurion’s words all these centuries later at Mass before receiving Communion. It can be a beautiful connection to that healing long ago, but it is crucial that it does not evoke such a sense of our unworthiness that we are kept from experiencing how Jesus delights to come under our roof in the Eucharist.
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