Daily Office Readings for Friday of the 4th Week of Easter: Year 1
“The centurion sent friends to say to him, ‘Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; therefore I did not presume to come to you. But only speak the word, and let my servant be healed. For I also 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 the slave does it.’ When Jesus heard this he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, he said, ‘I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.” (Luke 7:6 to 9)
Here is an example of the inclusivity of our Lord Jesus. A servant of a centurion is sick and dying. The dying servant does not ask for Jesus. The Roman centurion asks for the help of Jesus. And he gets it. The centurion’s faith is stronger than the faith of the Israelites. Jesus is amazed at this and of course, cures the servant.
Jesus heals from a remote location. Even today, Jesus responds to our prayer requests as He sits on His Throne. Our Lord Jesus does not care about human pedigree. We can be Israelite, Roman, Greek, German, Chinese, Mexican, Nigerian, or American; Jesus doesn’t care. Our Lord Jesus only cares about our faith. If we trust in Him, He will deliver. He will deliver for us, and for those whom we pray for, if we pray as one who believes in the healing power that Jesus has.
As we prepare for our Sabbath time, let us ponder about how our Lord Jesus answers our prayers, for ourselves, and for those whom we love and pray for. Remember, if you have no words, just cry about it because God’s ears hears tears.
For this evening and tomorrow day my friends; Shabbat Shalom
Let us live to love, more than just love to live, listening to what the Spirit is saying to, and through, the saints of God, while pondering anew what the Almighty can do. John