There are two stories of healing in our Gospel today. The first is the story of the centurion, whose servant was ill. He asked Jesus to heal his servant, and uttered the words that we say in the Mass before communion, “Lord I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed.” The other is Simon Peter’s mother-in-law who was sick with fever.
As I reflected on these stories, I realized that it was the touch of Jesus and their faith in Him that healed them. Jesus’ touch need not be physical. He was able to heal the centurion’s servant, even without seeing Him.
In a time when we need to be physically distanced from each other, I asked myself, what else I can give to other people that could be an avenue for healing? I then looked back to my Clinical Pastoral Education experience when we were assigned to a hospital and visited patients. I believe our presence, prayers and the stories we shared to them in those particular moments made a difference in the lives of these patients.
By: Sem. Renz Marion C. Cunanan
When Jesus entered Capernaum,
a centurion approached him and appealed to him, saying,
“Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully.”
He said to him, “I will come and cure him.”
The centurion said in reply,
“Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof;
only say the word and my servant will be healed.
For I too am a man subject to authority,
with soldiers subject to me.
And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes;
and to another, ‘Come here,’ and he comes;
and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him,
“Amen, I say to you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith.
I say to you, many will come from the east and the west,
and will recline with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
at the banquet in the Kingdom of heaven,
but the children of the Kingdom
will be driven out into the outer darkness,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.”
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.
Jesus entered the house of Peter,
and saw his mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever.
He touched her hand, the fever left her,
and she rose and waited on him.
When it was evening, they brought him many
who were possessed by demons,
and he drove out the spirits by a word and cured all the sick,
to fulfill what had been said by Isaiah the prophet:
He took away our infirmities
and bore our diseases.