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Monday, 2 December 2013

Monday of the First Week of Advent

Monday of the First Week of Advent - 2nd December

Matthew 8:5-11

When he went into Capernaum a centurion came up and pleaded with him.
'Sir,' he said, 'my servant is lying at home paralysed and in great pain.'
Jesus said to him, 'I will come myself and cure him.'
The centurion replied, 'Sir, I am not worthy to have you under my roof; just give the word and my servant will be cured.
For I am under authority myself and have soldiers under me; and I say to one man, "Go," and he goes; to another, "Come here," and he comes; to my servant, "Do this," and he does it.'
When Jesus heard this he was astonished and said to those following him, 'In truth I tell you, in no one in Israel have I found faith as great as this.
And I tell you that many will come from east and west and sit down with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob at the feast in the kingdom of Heaven.

“Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.” At every Mass we echo the words spoken to Christ by the centurion who showed such remarkable faith as we prepare ourselves to receive His Body and Blood. As we prepare to celebrate His coming into the world, the words of the centurion echo again. We are not worthy of the gifts that have been bestowed upon us. His coming among men, and His eternal presence in the Eucharist. He is with us today just as He was with that unnamed centurion.

The word Advent originates from Latin, adventus. Coming. “Remember that God comes! Not yesterday, not tomorrow, but today, now!” Despite our unworthiness, despite our sins and our failings, God comes. Jesus healed the centurion’s servants, and He can heal us too.

Advent Advantage: Say an Act of Contrition and if you cannot attend Mass today make and Act of Spiritual Communion. If you can, take a few minutes to meditate on the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist.

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