Saturday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Saturday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time

June 27, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Memorial Feast:  Saint Cyril of Alexandria (378-+444) – Patron of Alexandria

Book of Lamentations 2:2, 10-14, 18-19

Psalm 74

Matthew 8:5-17


Today’s Gospel narrative relates the story of a Roman soldier seeking Jesus’ healing touch to save his extremely ill servant.  The Roman is no mere foot soldier.  He is a centurion, an officer who commands one hundred soldiers.  The centurion approaches Jesus saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully.”  Without hesitation Jesus responds, “I will come and cure him.”  Can you imagine the look on the centurions face?  No wonder he responds, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed.” 

The centurion is not a follower of Jesus.  Most probably, as are most Romans, he is an idol worshiper.  However he has heard of the healing power of our Lord and sought His help.  Jesus praises his faith and immediately grants his request.

The faith of the centurion is expressed in the words that we recite during the Eucharistic celebration at Holy Mass.  This is precisely when we must make a very strong act of faith in the real presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist.  This is where we ask for the power of our Lord’s healing presence.

I would like to invite you to reflect with me on two points about this Gospel narrative:

  • First: Jesus listens to the prayers of the centurion.  When we immediately ask God’s help for the people we love we expect, with hope, for God to hear our petitions.  We must continue our daily conversation with God about the big and small things in our lives.  We trust that we are not just talking to ourselves, hoping that our prayers will be answered in some form.
  • Second: The centurion accepts Jesus with great humility.  Saint John Chrysostom said, “Humility is the mother, root, nurse, foundation and center of all virtues.” 

Sisters and brothers the liturgy of the Mass gives all of us the opportunity to repeat the words humbly expressed by the centurion, “Lord I am not worthy…” Say them with a bowed head and closed eyes realizing that we are indeed unworthy to have our Lord come within us.  Jesus understands us which is why he will always come and cure us.

Question of the Day:  How will you pray with humility in order to receive Christ’s healing grace?

Prayer:  Almighty God and Father, we seek your strength in our time of need.  Just as Jesus healed those who came to Him extend Your hand to us in order to receive your healing power.  We ask this with humble hearts and with trust in You.  Amen.   

Please continue to pray for the victims of the Coronavirus and for all those who are affected by this unprecedented pandemic as well as for peace in our country and in our world.


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