When Jesus 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 man 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.” – Matthew 8:5-11
“Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.” – New Roman Missal
It is kind of nice isn’t it? Now we are connected directly to the Bible. We say the words of the centurion, who had so much faith that Jesus’ word was enough for him to know that his servant was healed.
We were all kind of stumbling around with the New Translation over the weekend, but eventually the new words will be second nature to us.
Since everything is new and still somewhat awkward, this is the perfect time to take the opportunity to really “be” at Mass. You can’t drift off and think about something else, because you might lose your place. You actually have to pay attention to what’s going on.
Remember yesterday’s Gospel? Now we need to be watchful in a different sense. It’s going to keep everyone on their toes and hopefully, on a great spiritual journey this Advent.