Friday 17 October 2014

Monday of the 1st Week of Advent

Every once in a while, we come across people demonstrating great faith despite facing great odds or great difficulties. Some of these people may be in your neighbourhood or even within your family and relations. When we are facing similar difficulties, problems or dangers, would we have great faith that God would help us?

In today's Gospel, we come across a centurion in Capernaum who came up and pleaded with Jesus to heal his paralysed servant. Romans citizens and Roman officers such as centurions do not normally have anything to do with Jews, especially when it comes to what some may consider an itinerant preacher or rabbi like Jesus. But this centurion not only went to see Jesus, he even pleaded with Him for help. What is even more astonishing is the humility and complete confidence of the centurion in Jesus, so much so that he had full trust that all Jesus needed to do was to issue the order, and his servant would be healed. Such trust, such confidence, such faith this centurion had on Jesus!

What about us? Some of us say we trust and have faith in Jesus, but do we mean what we say or are we going to start looking elsewhere when we are faced with problems, persecution, or difficulties which seem quite unbearable? Let us take after the example of this centurion, and with full faith and confidence let Jesus be our help and guide.

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