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.”

It gets me every time – a Master, approaching Jesus, asking him to heal his servant.

The Gospel tells us that this centurion, was used to issuing orders – “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.”

The humility it must have taken to go before Jesus – laying down his ego, laying down his social status, laying down his religious differences with those around him – seeking a miracle on behalf of a fellow man. And not just seeking a miracle, but believing with such faith that all Jesus had to do was “say the word” and his servant would be healed. Even Jesus marveled at his great faith!

Imagine if we all approached the Lord, especially during these days, in the same way – filled with humility, love for our neighbor, and expectant faith – the path of love we would leave in our wake.

Oh, that I might have a faith so great that the Lord says to us, “in no one in Israel have I found such faith.”(Mt. 8:10)

Joanna Watwood is the Client Services and Support Manager for Fuzati, a strategic marketing and software company that propels Catholic ministries towards achieving their goals and reaching more people in need of the Good News.

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  1. lord i trust u to cure and heal my grandson from substance abuse and all mental issues and also daughter from all diseases known . or unknown to her.jesus u know everything about this family for u created us to love and serve u. increase our faith.for u r a good and merciful god. to u b praised and honor and glory. thanks in advance for the blessings we have received and will b receiving aaamen amen and amen.mama mary tell your son to perform this miracle for my grandson. u only have to tell him and its done.

  2. Thx Joanna, for the compelling reflection on the faith of our Lord & the need faith in miracles during this Advent season. Lord increase our faith & may Mother Mary intervene for Terri’s grandson & daughter in Jesus’s name! Amen!


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