BIBLICAL POINT OF REFERENCE:
"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 person 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.'"
What kind of faith do we have in God's Will? Not our will - His Will. What kind of trust do we have in Him to see us through good times and bad?
Growing up, my family and I would watch the film Jesus of Nazareth a lot. It's a great depiction of the life of Jesus and the miracles he performed while on Earth. I always look forward to the scene that is our biblical point of reference today, when the centurion comes to Jesus seeking the healing of his servant, and he gives the most faithful response: "Only say the word and my servant will be healed." In Jesus of Nazareth, the actor portraying the centurion says this line as if it is the most obvious thing in the world. It's almost as if he's saying "Duh, it's Jesus, he can heal anyone."
The centurion knows that he cannot do anything to heal his servant, so what does he do? He goes straight to the top and asks Jesus instead. Such was his faith in the Son of Man that he didn't need to think twice about asking Jesus for help. Such was his humility that he bowed down to Jesus with nothing but trust to offer in return.
Ultimately, God's Will is the one that matters. And our choice to have faith in God's Will is one of the most important decisions we can make. The centurion knew that Jesus would heal his servant according to God's Will, and his faith is the main reason we speak his words in Mass every weekend.
So I'll ask you all again: What kind of faith do we have in God's Will?
I've been wondering lately if my faith has been wavering. Not because I don't believe that God is our Savior or because life has taken a turn for the worst, but because I keep trying to grasp control over what I clearly cannot control. I wrote a little about this last week, but today I want to focus on how giving the control to God is a sign of faith and trust, not weakness.
If you're feeling the same today, say this prayer with me:
Lord, with hearts heavy and weary over life's unexpected turns, we pray to you today that Your Will be done. We ask that You provide us with faith, hope, trust, and courage over the coming weeks, and that we are able to relinquish the control we have to You. Not our will, but Your's be done.
Your Laughing Sister,