December 2, 2019 Monday of the 1st Week of Advent-A

Isaiah 4:2-6

Psalm 122

Matthew 8:5-11

“Amen, I say to you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith.”  Mt. 8:10

Lord, faith comes in all shapes and sizes.  You found it in the most unlikely people.  A Roman army officer was moved with pity for one of his servants that was paralyzed so he sought your help.  Despite his position of authority in the world he knew he was not worthy of your presence in his home.  A man accustomed to giving orders and having them followed was humble enough to know a real king when he saw one.  When you commended him for his faith it reminds us that faith always gets God’s attention.  We repeat this man’s humble admission at each Mass right before we receive your Body and Blood in the Eucharist.  Lord, I too am unworthy of you coming under my roof in this great sacrament of love.   But you don’t let my unworthiness keep you away for you desire to be near me wherever I am.  Please feed me and heal me so I can grow in my faith.   I pray that I will always value above all things the privilege of receiving you in Holy Communion.  Transform me, Lord, so I can go forth and live a life of faith.  Amen