Speak Lord, Your Servant is Listening
In today’s Gospel reading (Matthew 8:5-11), a centurion calls upon Jesus to help his servant. Jesus says to him, “I will come and cure him.” The centurion replies, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed.”
Frequently hearing and praying a similar passage during the preparation of the Eucharistic, I’ve wondered what exactly is “the word?” Reading on, the centurion relates how he too, has the authority to command people to “Go,” “Come here,” and “Do this.” Amazed by the faith of the centurion, Jesus says, “You may go; as you have believed, let it be done for you.”
So, in essence, “the word” is whatever we, the humble and faithful servants, ask of our Lord. It’s no secret that if you ask, you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. It’s challenging to accept that our prayers will be answered in God’s time and in accordance with His will. Yet, we are reminded that if we first seek the kingdom of God, He will provide for all of our needs just as He provides for the birds of the air.
Back in 2016, Jeff Schiefelbein, YCP National Board Member, talked about being Catholic 24-7 at the August executive speaker event in Omaha. Jeff also issued a challenge. He said, “There’s something in your faith life that you think about a lot but you don’t do. […] Pick one thing and do it. You are not too busy for that one thing.” The crowd, myself included, accepted his challenge with a resounding “Yes.”
The first thing that came to mind was for me to do the devotion to the Sacred Heart, by attending Mass and Adoration on the first Friday of every month. As a measurable goal, I challenged myself to continue the First Friday Devotion for nine consecutive months. Slowly, but surely I feel that I have received many blessings by deepening my faith life. As we begin the season of Advent, I think about the image of Jesus knocking at the door. Though you might feel unworthy, open your heart to Him and trust in His divine providence.
Morning Offering Prayer
O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer you my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day for all the intentions of your Sacred Heart, in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, for the salvation of souls, the reparation of sins, the reunion of all Christians, and in particular for the intentions of the Holy Father this month. Amen.
Written by: Scott Schmidt, YCP Omaha, Parish Ambassador