A reflection for the Monday of the First Week of Advent

4 December 2023
"Jesus and the Centurion" by Paolo Veronese, c. 1571. Image: Wikimedia Commons.


Monday of the First Week of Advent, Year B

Readings: Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 121(122):1-2, 4-5, 6-9; Matthew 8:5-11 

4 December 2023


“Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed.” – Matthew 8:8


In today’s Gospel, a Roman centurion approaches Jesus, seeking help for his paralysed servant. What makes this interaction remarkable is the centurion’s deep faith. He recognises Jesus’ authority and power, expressing humility and faith by saying, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof. But only say the word, and my servant will be healed.” 

Jesus is amazed by the centurion’s faith, remarking that he hasn’t found such faith even in Israel. This statement underscores the universality of faith and how it transcends cultural and religious boundaries. It also highlights the importance of genuine belief and trust in God’s power. 

The passage concludes with Jesus declaring that many will come from east and west to recline at the table in the kingdom of heaven, while some of the “sons of the kingdom” will be cast out. This message emphasises that faith, not just heritage, grants entry into God’s kingdom, affirming the inclusivity of God’s grace and the significance of unwavering faith. 

Pray for the joy that the gift of faith brings. 

With thanks to Holy Name of Mary Parish, Hunters Hill, who have supplied these daily Advent and Christmas 2022 reflections from their publication Daily Inspirations of Faith: A Season of Prayer – Advent to Epiphany 2023-2024


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