After Jesus had finished all his sayings in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum. A centurion there had a slave whom he valued highly, and who was ill and close to death. When he heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to him, asking him to come and heal his slave. When they came to Jesus, they appealed to him earnestly, saying, “He is worthy of having you do this for him, for he loves our people, and it is he who built our synagogue for us.”
And Jesus went with them, but when he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to say to him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; therefore I did not presume to come to you. But only speak the word, and let my servant be healed. For I also am a man set 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 slave, ‘Do this,’ and the slave does it.”
When Jesus heard this he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, he said, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.” When those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the slave in good health.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Because I am a teacher, I often find myself stressed about money. I think this feeling arises from time to time for most teachers, even the best investors among them. I remember venting this stress to my father-in-law right before I got married six years ago. I have always had a close relationship with him, so this conversation was not really out of left field. I remember how he laughed at me in response. He said of my wife and me, “You’re young, you’re poor, and you’re in love. There’s never been a better time to get married.” He had faith in me, faith that was slipping from my grasp because of my focus on my own material wealth. I mean, I was about to be married! Reading the story of the centurion provides me with a powerful reminder of what actually constitutes a strong investment.
Where might your faith be waning? How can you place your trust in God?
—Austin Freeman is an English teacher and the Test Prep Coordinator for Jesuit High School in Tampa, FL.
Prayer for Generosity
Lord Jesus, teach me to be generous;
teach me to serve you as you deserve,
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labor and not to seek reward,
except that of knowing that I do your will.
—St. Ignatius of Loyola
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