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Monday First Week of Advent

Heavenly Father, God of the heavens and Father of all nations, we humble ourselves before you today, acknowledging our own mistakes. We pray that you will revitalize us by the power of your Word and the sanctifying power of your Spirit. Bring renewal and revitalization to our nations. In the name of Infant Jesus and by the power of the Spirit we ask this. Amen.
Psalm 33:12: Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.
  Today's Readings ... (November 28, 2011)
Monday of the First Week of Advent
First Reading:  Isaiah 2:1-5
Responsorial Psalm:  Psalm 122:1-2,3-4b,4cd-5,6-7,8-9
Gospel:  Matthew 8:5-11

  Meditation on Today's Gospel: (Matthew 8:5-11)
In the Roman world the position of centurion was very important. He was an officer in charge of a 100 soldiers. In some time, he was the backbone of the Roman army, the person which held the army together. An ancient writer describes what a centurion should be: "They must not be so much adventurous seekers after risk as men who can command, stable in action, and dependable; they ought not to be over-anxious to hurry into the fight, but when difficulties, they must be ready to hold their ground, and die at their posts." The centurion who came near Jesus was not only daring personality, but faith-filled as well. He risked the mockery of his cronies as well as mockery from the Jews by looking for help from a traveling preacher from Galilee. However, the centurion approached Jesus with great confidence and humbleness. He was an extraordinary man since he loved his slave. In the Roman world slaves were treated similar to animals – something to be used for work and enjoyment and for exchange and trade. This centurion was a man of great sympathy and extraordinary faith. He wanted Jesus to heal his beloved slave. Jesus commends him for his faith and right away grants him his request. Are we willing to undergo ridicule in the practice of our faith? And when we need help, do we approach the Lord Jesus with hopeful faith?

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