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Monday of the First Week of Advent

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Gospel text (Mt 8:5-11): A centurion approached him and appealed to him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully.” He said to him, “I will come and cure him.” When he entered Capernaum, a centurion approached him and appealed to him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully.” He said to him, “I will come and cure him.” The centurion said in reply, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed. For I too am a person subject to authority, with soldiers subject to me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come here,’ and he comes; and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Amen, I say to you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith. I say to you, many will come from the east and the west, and will recline with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the banquet in the kingdom of heaven.”

Illustration: Francesc Badia

Today, a captain of the Roman army gives us an example of humility and faith. Although he was an important person, he felt he did not deserve to have Jesus coming under his roof. Jesus Christ is the best medic: He is God! So the centurion replied: "but just say a word, and my servant will be healed». So it was!

-Christmas: God was born as a child. If I become “small" and pray confidently, He will help me. This is what He came to the Earth for!