Saturday June 28, 2020
Lamentations 2:2, 10-14, 18-19
Psalm 74:1-7, 20-21
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,
but the children of the Kingdom
will be driven out into the outer darkness,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.
We have a very good scripture to reflect upon our faith . The Centurion was not a Jew and expresses his faith in Jesus. We can imagine him as a Non Believer , superstitious , idol worshiper and all those thoughts in our minds of a Non Christian. Human Heart thirsts for the real living Water of God’s love and it searches in various circumstances and situations in our life, but due to our Carnal Nature we fail to feel the thirst of our heart in our human actions. In the intercession of the Centurion we see this thirst in following features.
- Charity : The Prayer of Centurion was not for himself but for his servant , the servants in the time of Roman Empire were basically slaves who were caught in captivity and considered like a Donkey or an Animal, but the Centurion considers his servant like his own Son by showing Compassion and mercy and approaches Jesus to Cure him. Intercessory prayer is a action of Charity and Compassion from a heart of the faithful who searches God for help. This burden must come from our own commitment of love and can not be borrowed from the Air or from the books.
- Faith : The definition of faith is trusting relationship. The Centurion must have heard the testimony of others who were healed by Jesus and heart to heart decides to approach Jesus with his burden of compassion request and Jesus recognizes his pure request turns to him immediately without any delay . Jesus does not see his Caste, Religion , Color, education but looks at the Compassionate request of a soul . Faith is not only a request or prayer but trusted friendship , people can express this in various ways but what is important is the trusted relationship. The Centurion can not come from no where and expressed his faith but after hearing Jesus Compassion heart and expecting to encounter him in expectant faith. Our Intercessions must have this kind of Compassion and merciful burden for others with a sure guarantee of God’s Mercy and love.
- Humility : The Centurion not only had Charity and Expectant Faith but he manifested his faith in humility. He acknowledged the Authority and greatness of God by surrendering himself to the Authority of God.
- Expression: Faith is not a Contemplative meditation but is an expression. The Centurion expressed his version of faith or he translated his version of faith in to a human activity. This manifestation of his faith became a greatest testimony of his faith in the eyes of God. God does not look at the knowledge or the quantity of time spent in Prayer but the time and knowledge to understand his knowledge and love and put that Knowledge and time to Express our Faith in action , how small it may look like , it has strength from with in.
We do not become Christians by mere Birth as Jesus said in the Gospel , the people from east and west will possess the Kingdom but if Baptized Christians do not have a trusted relationship with God by having a transformation Experience in the Holy Spirit then it will be very difficult to have that thirst or search , God is looking in our heart. God is looking at these kind of intercessors like Elijah and the Prophets and the Centurion.
Abba Father draw us to the heart of Jesus Amen.