I will act charitably today, looking to see Christ in my neighbor. Just before lunch, I will make a simple act of faith in Christ, that he is guiding and protecting me
Lord Jesus I place myself before you with great confidence, sure of your desire to spend
this time with me and accompany me throughout the day. I am grateful for your unconditional and
unfailing love. I humbly offer you my desire to love you more and serve you more
Petition: Lord help me to have a profound and yet childlike faith in
Will Come and Cure Him:.
Jesus has a heart that
is prompt in serving those in need. Doubtless Christ had other plans when he arrived to Capernaum,
plans that didn’t include making another trip to cure the slave of a foreigner. Often we can find
ourselves in similar situations in our daily life. We are just about to relax after a grueling day
when the phone rings or a little voice asks for help with his or her homework. It is in those
moments that Jesus is inviting us to imitate his example of service. Turn the tables around for just
a moment. How many times have I been the one on the other side asking for a little of someone else’s
time? Ask Jesus for the grace to be flexible and always available to the needs of others.
2. I Am Not
The centurion has a profound awareness
of his own unworthiness and this is key to his finding favor with Jesus. At times we pray as if we
deserved God’s favor, but here the centurion recognizes that he is unworthy that Jesus should come
to him. So great was this man’s faith and humility that we use his words to express our own
sentiments before receiving Jesus in Holy Communion: “Lord I am not worthy to receive you, but only
say the word and I shall be healed.” As we continue to prepare for Christ’s coming during the Advent
season, let’s make these words of the centurion our own.
3. Faith Moves Rain
If it can be said that Jesus had a
weakness for something, it would seem that Christ’s “weakness” showed itself when he perceived faith
in others. He never worked a miracle without first demanding faith from the one to receive it, and
he never refused anyone who asked anything from him with faith. Jesus says that if you have faith
the size of a mustard seed you can move mountains. Although I personally have never seen anyone move
mountains, I surely have seen prayer move smaller things, like rain clouds for instance. Alright,
you can be skeptical if you want, but iIf you need mountains, rain clouds or anything else to be
moved, ask for it with faith, and you will really touch Jesus’ weak spot. Direct your prayer of
petition to Our Lord with confident faith and love for his will. He really listens and he can move
whatever needs to be moved.
Conversation Dialogue with Christ:
Christ Jesus let me ask you for the faith that you demand from me. I’m
going to remember now to turn to you with my concerns, no matter how small, knowing you’re
accompanying me, and wish to help and guide me. In return, hHelp me to see your guiding hand in all
the moments of the day and to recognize you in those who seek my aid and g.ive me the generosity to
answer promptly and graciously in imitation of you.
I will act charitably today, looking to see Christ in my neighbor. Just
before lunch, I will make a simple act of faith in Christ, that he is guiding and protecting