Lord Jesus, I believe that you came into this world
to redeem sinners. I hope in you and in your power to transform my soul, by your grace, from
sinfulness to holiness. Lord, I love you and offer you the longings of my heart to put you truly
first in my life. I want to love you with all my mind, heart, soul and strength.
Lord Jesus, grant me the gift of a deeper faith.
Frequently the people to whom God has given the most recognize him the least. For that
reason, he extends the gift of faith to other men and women, especially the simple and humble of
heart. The centurion exemplifies this dynamic of God's grace in our lives. We should strive to be
like him: simple, humble, and confident in the powerful action of Jesus in our daily
2. Lord, I Am Not Worthy to Receive You:
These words manifest the centurion's
humility. They should also manifest our humility and faith in Christ's presence in the Eucharist,
since they are the words we pray at every Mass just before receiving our Lord in Holy Communion.
When we receive the Blessed Sacrament, we truly receive Christ — body, blood, soul and divinity. Our
faith is the key to opening up our hearts to Christ's healing grace.
3. Not Even in
Israel Have I Found Such Faith:
Don't we want Jesus to say these words to us? Isn't it much better than
hearing those other words of Christ: "When the Son of Man returns will there be any faith on earth?"
(see Luke 18:8). Christ calls us to be a fresh well of faith, hope and love so that even if he does
not find it anywhere else, he can always be consoled by our undying faith.
Lord Jesus, I want to repeat these words of the centurion.
I do believe in
you and in your Real Presence in the Eucharist.
In my times of doubt or weakness of faith, I
will call out
to you, "Only say the word and I shall be healed."
I resolve to pray these words with all my heart today at Mass, in a visit
to the Eucharist or in a spiritual communion.