Extended reading: Matthew 8:1-4 Jesus heals a man with leprosy
When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.” Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?” The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, “Go,’ and he goes: and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes, I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him. “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such faith. I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that moment.
The centurion lives by authority and without question accepts Jesus as one who holds a position of the most high. He instantly knew Jesus was a respected and honored man. His concern for his servant’s ailments allows him to ask for healing. He believes Jesus can heal his servant’s ailment. The centurion does not require terms of agreement or discussions of liabilities; no, he sees and believes and that is sufficient.
Have we ever met a person of great spiritual faith? This is an individual who constantly strives to understand God’s word. Our God wants to reach each and every one of his children. God’s love will manifest itself in ways that we cannot imagine or foretell. If someone would approach you and state a problem as did the centurion, would we respond with a solution? A solution which required your participation and involvement? We may not be able to perform healings but we are able to share words of encouragement or offerings of food, directions and assistance. As we grow in our ability to be servants we grow closer to God. We must learn to humble ourselves to achieve the true mastery of the Lord’s words.
Lord God too often we walk through life with our eyes straight ahead, narrow vision and senses turned off to things about us. Consumed in our own pleasures and interests. Help us to see, to smell, to feel and hear the world around us. Your world Lord made specifically for us. Many authorities have existed since your presence. We have watched civilizations come and go. May those who profess you as the one and only God Almighty raise their heads and proclaim you as God. We will then know what to say, what to do, and when, by your Holy Spirit within us. Amen