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Memorial of Saints Cornelius, Pope, and Cyprian, Bishop, Martyrs (YEAR 2013)

Meditation on Today's Scripture:
The centurion who approached Jesus was not only brave, but faith-filled as well. He risked the ridicule of his Roman friends by seeking help from a Jewish preacher from Galilee, as well as ridicule from the Jews who despised Roman occupation of their land. Nonetheless, this centurion approached Jesus with self-confidence and humility. Augustine notes that the centurion regarded himself as undeserving to receive the Lord into his house: "Humility was the door through which the Lord entered to take full possession of one whom he already possessed." The centurion was an strange man because he loved his slave. In the Roman world slaves were treated like animals rather than people. The centurion was also an extraordinary man of faith. He believed that Jesus had the power to heal his beloved slave. Jesus commends him for his faith and immediately grants him his request.
Word of the Day...
Proverbs 16:16 How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose understanding rather than silver!
Prayer ...
Heavenly Father, God of the Ages and Giver of every good and perfect gift, please bless us with holy and practical wisdom so that we can more fully know how you have blessed us and so that we can be the blessing to others that you want us to be. In Infant Jesus' name. Amen.
Today's Readings ... (September 16, 2013)
Day: Memorial of Saints Cornelius, Pope, and Cyprian, Bishop, Martyrs (YEAR 2013)
Lectionary: 443
Colour: Green
First Reading: 1 Tm 2:1-8
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 28:2, 7, 8-9
Second Reading: NIL
Gospel: Luke 7:1-10
Listen to Reading:
Today's Scripture: Luke 7:1-10
1After he had ended all his sayings in the hearing of the people he entered Caper'na-um. 2 Now a centurion had a slave who was dear to him, who was sick and at the point of death. 3 When he heard of Jesus, he sent to him elders of the Jews, asking him to come and heal his slave. 4 And when they came to Jesus, they besought him earnestly, saying, "He is worthy to have you do this for him, 5 for he loves our nation, and he built us our synagogue."6 And Jesus went with them. When he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying to him, "Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; 7 therefore I did not presume to come to you. But say the word, and let my servant be healed. 8 For I am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me: and I say to one, `Go,' and he goes; and to another, `Come,' and he comes; and to my slave, `Do this,' and he does it." 9 When Jesus heard this he marveled at him, and turned and said to the multitude that followed him, "I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith." 10 And when those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the slave well.


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