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The Good News for the Day, July 1, 2017
Saturday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time (376)

When Jesus entered Capernaum, a ranking Roman officer approached him with an appeal: “Sir, a household child is lying at home paralyzed, and in great pain.” Jesus said to him, “I’ll come and cure him.” The officer, a centurion, responded, “Sir, I’m not worthy to have you enter under my roof. Just say the word and my server will be healed. I too am a man in the chain of command—with soldiers subject to me. I tell one, ‘Go,’—he goes—to another, ‘Come here—he comes; and to my subordinate, ‘Do this,’—he does it.” When Jesus heard this, he was impressed; He said to those around him, “Now here is truth—in no one in Israel have I found such trusting faith. I tell you, many will come from the East and the West, and,  at the party in the Realm of what is Rightwill share a table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob–while the children of Israel will be thrown into the night’s darkness, with tears and utter frustration.” To the officer, Jesus said, “You may go; it is as you have believed, let it be done for you.” At that very hour, his server was healed. Jesus went into the house of Peter, where he saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. He touched her hand, the fever left her, and she got up and waited on him. In the evening, people brought him many overwhelmed by powerful bad conditions, and He got rid of them by a word; He would care all kinds of sick people–to exemplify what had been said by prophet Isaiah: He took away our infirmities and carried away our diseases.(Matthew 8

Jesus enters public life, doing what He had been preaching about—what you are to do. Like a movie trailer, you glimpse the whole show: Not only does Jesus welcome this officer–an occupier from Rome, part of an oppressive Roman regime—but He acknowledges an outsider’s faith. This man is humble and believing—and needing. In other words, he displays exactly what Jesus is trying to get to—a relationship that bridges cultures, with individual, humble respect—and faith—in another human, an admission of a loving need, and—for Jesus’ part– acceptance of outsiders. Jesus heals. You heal. You touch people’ hearts—not just bodies! You believe that your caring need gets answered. You are both that officer and Jesus.

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