When we had our home weekend last month, our parish priest shared in his homily about those who are too concerned about their titles. He recalled that while they were still seminarians, they had a professor who told them to just call him by his nickname and not father or “among” as what Kapampangans call the priests. He did not care about the title, he cared more about how he could serve God and the people. The centurion in the Gospel today was the same. He too did not care about honor, titles, and other privileges. He cared more about the welfare of his sick slave and how he can help him be cured.
As a priest in process, there will come a time when people who will be under our care or will work under our supervision. The challenge is to imitate the centurion, who did not treat his slave as just a slave. Instead, he treated him as part of his own family. He treated him as a human being. We should forget about our titles, honor, fame, authority, and position. Our primary concern in this vocation is how we can serve the people better. In the end, we can only say that we are good leaders if we have served our people well, if we have brought Jesus to them, and if they have experienced Jesus through us.
By: Sem. Renz Marion C. Cunanan
Luke 7: 1- 10
When Jesus had finished all his words to the people,
he entered Capernaum.
A centurion there had a slave who was ill and about to die,
and he was valuable to him.
When he heard about Jesus, he sent elders of the Jews to him,
asking him to come and save the life of his slave.
They approached Jesus and strongly urged him to come, saying,
“He deserves to have you do this for him,
for he loves our nation and he built the synagogue for us.”
And Jesus went with them,
but when he was only a short distance from the house,
the centurion sent friends to tell him,
“Lord, do not trouble yourself,
for I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof.
Therefore, I did not consider myself worthy to come to you;
but say the word and let my servant be healed.
For I too am a person 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 at him
and, turning, said to the crowd following him,
“I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.”
When the messengers returned to the house,
they found the slave in good health.