“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Matthew 8:5

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TODAY’S WORD…

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“Lord, I am not worthy to have You come under my roof.”

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– Matthew 8:5 (NRSV)

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REFLECTION…

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At every Mass we are invited to Communion with our Lord,

to share in the Body and Blood of Jesus for the forgiveness of our sins.

And in response to the priest’s invitation to the supper of the Lamb,

we say, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should enter under my roof,

but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.”

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These are some of same words the centurion uttered in Capernaum

after Jesus, responding to his plea to heal his paralyzed servant, said, “I will come and cure him.”

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Do we, like the centurion, feel that we are not worthy to have Christ enter under our roof?

Is it because our “house” is figuratively not in order?

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Guess what? It never will be.

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We were born sinners, and sinners we will die,

but therein lies the beauty, for the Lord knows full well of our imperfections.

He asks only for a contrite heart

and that we believe in the power of His love and His willingness to forgive our transgressions.

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Today I must ask myself how willing I am to let Jesus in under my roof.

What am I afraid of?

Or is it false humility which I express, simply because I don’t really want to change or “be healed”?

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“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock.” (Rev 3:20)

Jesus, as always, is here Jesus standing at the door,

ready to enter under my roof and to heal and save me.

All I have to do is let Him in.

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SHORT PRAYER…

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Lord, I am not worthy that You should enter under my roof,

but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.

Come and cure me, Lord!

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[*] today’s Reflection owes a lot to a reflection by Steve Scholer at http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry.

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