Today’s Gospel is about a man who knows his place. He knows his power and translates it into understanding Christ’s. He knows what Jesus is capable of doing and that tells me that he has a good sense of self. Jesus did not have to trudge a long way to cure the servant and the centurion recognized his obvious authority.
We walk sometimes through life misunderstanding the words of the Gospel. Some days, like this commander, we are fully aware that we are not worthy of more than two minutes of Jesus’ precious time because we know He has it. We know that Jesus has more important things to do because we believe. We do not need Jesus to spend much time on us; we know what great power lies within the Messiah. There are others who do not believe and require greater attention.
How much faith do you have in the power of Jesus to work miracles in your life? As you wait this Advent, pay attention to those moments when you are worthy or in need of reassurance and those when you need not worry because you have surrendered to the incredible power that is extended to us.