The Word of God

More Than We Deserve


Reflection on Mass Reading for September 13, 2021

Theme for September: Be Opened, Be Strong, Fear Not!

“Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed.” Here, nearly halfway through the month, we are greeted and challenged by this very familiar phrase from the Scriptures, recalled during the Sacrifice of the Mass right before the Body and Blood of Christ are to be received. The term “under my roof” refers primarily to the authority one is called to acknowledge and respect when living or even visiting someone else’s home or abode. At the core of all courtesies known to us is the deference and dignity we show to those whose homes we enter, that is, while we are “under their roof.” What is at issue for us today is that of authority or, in other words, the power to achieve something great. If we can be opened to what God can do for us by way of the countless miracles that take place every day, we will never want to be away “from His roof.”

“And Jesus said to the centurion, ‘You may go; as you have believed, let it be done for you.’ And at that very hour his servant was healed.” We have witnessed something great happen as the Gospel continues: a miracle! Perhaps we could say that the centurion told Jesus that He did not have to come under his roof, but rather, the centurion had to submit and believe and trust by living in the Kingdom, virtually, under God’s roof. When each of us lives our lives so completely in trust in the wonderful grace that God provides, with the ultimate assurance that all is well and all will be well, we, too, will have our miracle right under our roof. Be strong, then, trust Jesus with everything. And then just wait…

“God will always give us more than we deserve.” St. Padre Pio

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