Jesus, Enter Under My Roof

“Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed.”
Matthew 8:6

These words spoken by the centurion in today’s Gospel are a wonderful reminder for us, how God is willing to come to our house bringing His healing presence. And, like the centurion, we too are ‘not worthy’ to have Him in our home. Yet, God desires it.

Last weekend, we invited high-school girls to come to our convent for a ‘pizza and movie social’. As it is when we are expecting guests, there was a bit of preparation involved so our guests would feel welcomed.

Now – TODAY – Jesus is telling us, “I will come.”

How do we respond? Do we stall, knowing our house is not fit for the King of Kings? Or do we, like the centurion, admit, “Lord, I am not worthy”?

Fortunately for us, the Lord knows our messiness. He knows already our small capacity for loving as He loves. Still, He makes ready to come. Every day at Mass – with the use of the new translation of the Missal – we hear these words echoed before communion: “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof…” Yet, God welcomes us at the banquet table of His body and blood, coming to dwell in us.

Are we prepared to let Him come in, bringing His healing and peace? He may already be at our door.

Let us welcome Jesus, saying, “Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus! Come Now!”

Let us make haste to welcome Him under our roof.


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