The Faith of a Centurion
When he had entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, appealing to him,
“Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, suffering terribly.” And he said to him, “I will come and heal him.” But the centurion replied, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word, and my
servant will be healed. For I too am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus
heard this, he marveled and said to those who followed him, “Truly, I tell you, with no one in Israel have I found such faith. I tell you, many will come from east and west and recline at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven,
while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” And to the centurion Jesus said, “Go; let it be done for you as you have believed.” And the servant was healed
at that very moment.
I have always called this teleportation healing. Jesus heals a man without being there to touch him. I agree that it is a silly name, but... the theology
is pretty cool. The people are starting to see Jesus healing ability and power. Up to this point, he has been in their presence, but not in today's reading. He heals from a distance. Well, Jesus is still carrying out healings from a distance,
but at the same time, he is everywhere. It is wrong to isolate Jesus in heaven and to deny him his omnipresence. Jesus is in heaven, yet he is everywhere. Jesus' word possesses power and authority... and the centurion believed it. The centurion
I pray: O Lord, we see your power at work in today's reading and it is amazing. How can we doubt you... but we do. Help us to trust you at all times. Amen.