September 18, 2023, Monday of the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time-A

1 Timothy 2:1-8

Psalm 28

Luke 7:1-10

“…I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof.”  Lk 4:6

Lord, over two thousand years after these words were spoken by a pagan centurion, we repeat them every time we prepare to receive you in Holy Communion. What is so important about this unnamed officer that we remember him even today? What caused you to accept his request to come heal his servant then respect his plea to perform your miracle from a distance with but a word? Lord, what can I learn from his humility and faith? I know sometimes my pride prevents me from asking others and even you for help.  I want to be in control and in charge of my life. Depending on someone else doesn’t come easy sometimes. I trust, Lord, in your healing and transforming power in any situation. You don’t owe me a thing. I cannot earn your love. May I pray with the Psalm: The Lord is my strength and my shield. Jesus, I really am not worthy, but I believe you can help me and change me. Give me the humility of this centurion.   May I receive the grace of a humble Holy Communion as you enter under my roof.  Amen