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Liturgical day: Saturday 12th in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Mt 8,5-17): Jesus heard this he was astonished and said to those who were following him, «I tell you, I have not found such faith in Israel». When Jesus entered Capernaum, an army captain approached him to ask his help, «Sir, my servant lies sick at home. He is paralyzed and suffers terribly». Jesus said to him, «I will come and heal him». The captain answered, «I am not worthy to have you under my roof. Just give an order and my boy will be healed. For I myself, a junior officer, give orders to my soldiers. And if I say to one: ‘Go’, he goes, and if I say to another: ‘Come’, he comes, and to my servant: ‘Do this’, he does it». When Jesus heard this he was astonished and said to those who were following him, «I tell you, I have not found such faith in Israel. I say to you, many will come from east and west and sit down with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob at the feast in the kingdom of heaven; but the heirs of the kingdom will be thrown out into the darkness; there they will wail and grind their teeth». Then Jesus said to the captain, «Go home now. As you believed, so let it be». And at that moment his servant was healed.

Jesus went to Peter's house and found Peter's mother-in-law in bed with fever. He took her by the hand and the fever left her; she got up and began to wait on him. Towards evening they brought to Jesus many possessed by evil spirits, and with a word he drove out the spirits. He also healed all who were sick. In doing this he fulfilled what was said by the prophet Isaiah: He bore our infirmities and took on himself our diseases.

Illustration: Francesc Badia

Today we see the good outcome of asking God "well" and "the best for us". The centurion – an officer of the Roman army - goes right to Jesus: he knows how to ask well. He does it with humility: "Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof"; He says so with a strong faith: "But just say a word and my servant will be healed" In addition, he knows how to ask for "what is good for others": he worries about the lack of health of a servant of his.

--The centurion has stolen Jesus' heart, and there is the result:" Go! Let it be done as you believed it would"