December 3, 2012 Memorial of Saint Francis Xavier, Priest

Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 122:1-9;Matthew 8:5-11

“Only say the word and my servant will be healed.” (Matthew 8:8)

If the heater stopped working in your home, would you call a florist to fix it? Of course not! You would look for someone who could deter­mine the problem and repair it. So where would you turn if you faced a difficult challenge in your life? You’d look for an authority who could offer real help, wouldn’t you? Well, there is One who formed you, has a plan for you, and knows you by name. And he is always eager to answer whenever you call!

The centurion was in desper­ate need. When his trusted servant became ill, he recalled the stories he had heard about Jesus’ mira­cles. Perhaps he had even witnessed some of the healings. Whatever he saw, he was sure of one thing: Jesus was a man of authority. He spoke, and his words were obeyed. Because he understood what it meant to be under authority, this soldier knew he needed to find Jesus.

Try something different in your prayer today. Before you begin telling Jesus about your needs, pro­claim what you believe about who Jesus is. Spend time pondering his authority—but not in an abstract, theoretical way. Don’t just say he is the Prince of Peace; invite him to reign over you in justice and love. Don’t just think about his death on the cross; praise him for remov­ing your guilt and shame. Don’t just announce that he has come to set us free; ask him to break chains of bondage in your life—perhaps long-standing patterns of sin or deeply entrenched attitudes of fear or cynicism.

When Jesus heard the centurion, he praised him for his faith. Not only did this man believe, he let his beliefs form and shape his prayer. Because he combined his faith with his petitions, the centurion was that much more open to Jesus’ power to heal and save. So connect your faith and your prayer. Declare that Jesus has all authority. Honor and praise him for his power and his love. Declare that he is your Savior, Wisdom, and Strength. Let him speak his word, and know that your soul will be healed.

“Jesus, I believe that you have every answer for my life. I rejoice in your authority and your compassion. You, Lord, are my greatest hope.” ~wau

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About gemdk

I am a cradle Catholic who made my first Holy Communion over 5o years ago at All Saints Catholic Church in Houston,TX in 1961. Went to Mass every Sunday as a child and teen and then young adult. Fell away for about 12 years in the late 80's, early 90's and then realized what was missing in my life was my Catholic upbringing and faith. Found my home at Sacred Heart in Crosby. Filling up the void I had for those 12 years in more ways than I can imagine, loving every minute of it. But this blog is not about me as much as it is for me and anyone who wants/needs to hear the word of God. I'm merely the instrument God uses to post the readings.
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