1st Week in Advent : Monday 2nd December, 2019

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DGeMs- Daily Gospel eMessage

Dear Friend in the Lord,

Roman Centurion”: In today’s Gospel, the Roman Centurion’s deep faith in Jesus’ divine power and his great compassion for his servant, moved Jesus to cure his servant.  Is our faith in Jesus and our compassion for others deep, sincere and humble like the centurion?  If so, God will answer our pleas.

Fr Philip Heng, S.J.

Matthew 8:5-10

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘As it was in Noah’s day, so will it be when the Son of man comes. They suspected nothing till the Flood came and swept them all away. This is what it will be like when the Son of man comes.

When Jesus 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.’