Humbly submit your will to God (Thy Will be done) and consecrate yourself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Mary and Joseph.
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.”
The centurion said in reply,
“Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof;
only say the word and my servant will be healed.
For I too am a man subject to authority,
with soldiers subject to me.
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.”
When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him,
“Amen, I say to you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith.
I say to you, many will come from the east and the west,
and will recline with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
at the banquet in the Kingdom of heaven.” MT 8:5-11
It is an amazing thought to try and wrap our minds around the idea that God became Man, instituted the Eucharist and priesthood, died, resurrected and stays with us in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. I am going to receive Jesus Christ, body, blood, soul, and divinity today. Amazing! God is going to bring me back in time to witness Christ dying on the cross with Mary, John, and Mary Magdalene at the foot of the cross. We must prepare ourselves for this amazing spiritual journey.
Today, a great lesson can be taken from the Roman centurion, humility and recognizing God for who He really is. We must approach God realizing that He stays hidden behind the bread and wine so that we will not disintegrate in His presence. We must approach God realizing we are sinners and need His mercy (the introductory rite of the Mass does this, pay attention). God then comes to us in the Word. Take time this Advent to sit in silence, turn off the screen time, and listen to what God, your Creator is saying to you. Jesus then becomes present through consecration of bread and wine. Fully alive, fully present, we are not receiving a dead object but a living person. —Vinney Flynn
Then, we say the words of the Roman centurion, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; but only say the word and my servant (my soul) will be healed.” May our faith increase this Advent to match that of the Roman centurion. He believed that Jesus could heal just by His words without touch. Do you have that much faith?
Today’s challenge: Learn to be still and make it a habit this Advent so you can carry it with you throughout the year. Listen in the silence so you may be prepared for the Coming of Christ. Take time this week to be humble, ask God for His mercy in confession, and recognize that every time you go to Mass or Adoration, in each person you meet, in the Scriptures, in nature, in your conscience, you encounter God.