Scripture: 1st Reading: 1Tim2,1-8; Resp. Psalm: Ps28,2,7-9; Gosp. Accl.: Jn3,16; Gospel: Lk7,1-10
It is rewarding to do good. Every act of goodness will always be repaid back one way or the other. We are called by vocation to diffuse goodness without making a fuss, just the way salt seasons food and we do not see the salt in the food but can testify to the change in the taste and flavour. Many times in life, the one who repays our goodness may not even be the one we have been good to. The person we consider as nobody today and undeserving of our attention will turn out tomorrow to be the one in whose hands our life hangs in the balance.Ultimately, God, the Rewarded of even the minutest act of kindness will not forget us.
There are times the good we do takes nothing from us really because of the over abundance that we have. For instance, giving a few thousands when I have some millions or billions. There are other times when the good we do is a sacrifice of ourselves, for instance, when we squeeze time out to be with a sick or sad person or when we have a few thousands and we are required to part with a large chunk of the little we have.
Every act of goodness will never go unrepaid. The Centurion in today's gospel was not a Jew. He was a Roman soldier who responsibility was to forcefully govern conquered Israel and cow them. He was paid to put down any rebellion. His duty was not humanitarian by any stretch of the imagination. But then, it happens sometimes that there are people who personally re-invent their call or line of duty. They put their humanity to bear on their work. This Centurion was one of those rare breeds.
The word of God said this Centurion was a kind man. He, a pagan, idol worshipping Roman soldier, built a synagogue for the people. No wonder when his servant girl was sick and on the point of death, it was not difficult for him to send the Jewish elders to Jesus to ask Him to come and heal his servant. And the Jewish leaders did his bidding, not out of compulsion, but out of love!
But this Centurion was not just a man with a good and kind heart. He, a pagan, who did not believe in the God of Israel, was paradoxically a man of great faith. He believed in the power of Jesus to command by His word from anywhere. He believed that space and time held no barrier to the manifestation of our Lord's powers because they are timeless, boundless, omnipotent and omnipresent. Isn't it an irony that this Centurion actually was a firm believer and those elders who pleaded on his behalf were not? Isn't it an irony that our Lord could say that: "I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith."
The ground for miracle was very much in place. This Centurion was indeed worthy of the miracle. Goodness will never go unrewarded. Faith will always pay at the end. The other thing we are called upon to do in today's first reading is to pray, make supplications, intercessions for all men and for those in authority because our Lord desires all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. Let us allow the word to touch us today. Let us heed its injunctions. Let us model our lives on the pattern of its teaching.
Let us pray: God of all goodness, you have called us to goodness of life in imitation of you. Open our eyes today to the little and great opportunities you will give us to show goodness and humanity. Give us grace to put our faith into practise by extending your love to our brothers and sisters in their need. Amen.
May the Living Word of God find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always. Have a blessed week ahead