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Bible reflection: ‘My servant will be healed’

Staff  |  09 September 2019

In this week's Bible reflection we marvel at the faith of the Centurion.

Reflection from the Gospel reading on Monday, 16 September 
Gospel: Luke 7:1-10

When Jesus had come to the end of all he wanted the people to hear, he went into Capernaum. A centurion there had a servant, a favourite of his, who was sick and near death. Having heard about Jesus he sent some Jewish elders to him to ask him to come and heal his servant. When they came to Jesus they pleaded earnestly with him. ‘He deserves this of you’ they said, ‘because he is friendly towards our people; in fact, he is the one who built the synagogue.’ So Jesus went with them, and was not very far from the house when the centurion sent word to him by some friends: ‘Sir,’ he said ‘do not put yourself to trouble; because I am not worthy to have you under my roof; and for this same reason I did not presume to come to you myself; but give the word and let my servant 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 these words he was astonished at him and, turning round, said to the crowd following him, ‘I tell you, not even in Israel have I found faith like this.’ And when the messengers got back to the house they found the servant in perfect health.

Questions to consider

  • Why were the elders keen to help the centurion? What do you think their motivation was –helping out a friend or trying to curry favour with an occupier?
  • Why was Jesus astonished by the centurion?
  • Why did he cure the servant?
  • Imagine the scene in the modern day. Who is the important person requesting Jesus’ help in your scenario.

Reflection from 
Sts Cornelius and Cyprian
1 Timothy 2:1-8. Psalm 27(28):2, 7-9. Luke 7:1-10. Blest be the Lord for he has heard my prayer – Psalm 27(28):2, 7-9.

‘Give the word, and my servant will be healed’.

Each time we go to the table of the Lord, we make the words of the centurion our own. ‘Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof, only say the word and my soul shall be healed.’

This act of faith is here self-directed, where the centurion is other-directed. He actually says, ‘but say the word and let my servant be healed’. The centurion’s generosity and care are such that he calls upon Jesus’ name to attend to the needs of his companion. His faith is profound, and worthy of imitation.

Lord Jesus, you are the One whom we receive in the Eucharist. You are food for life and food for the journey. We each have our ailments, injuries and worry. Accompany us as we bring our lives before you in faith and trust. Give us and our companions life to the full.

Image: Jesus heals the sick –


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