Sunday, September 11, 2016


Monday, 24th Week in Ordinary Time

12 September 2016 

Monday, 24th Week in Ordinary Time

Holy Name of Mary



1 Cor 11:17-26, 33 / Lk7:I - l0


Gospel Reading: Lk 7:I - l0

When Jesus had finished teaching in this way to the people, he went to Capernaum. There was a captain whose servant was very sick and near to death, a man very dear to him. So when he heard about Jesus, he sent some elders of the Jews to persuade him to come and save his servant's life. The elders came to Jesus and begged him earnestly, saying, "He deserves this of you, for he loves our people and even built a synagogue for us."


Jesus went with them. He was not far from the house when the captain sent friends to give this message, "Sir, do not trouble yourself for I am not worthy to welcome you under my roof. You see I didn't approach you myself. Just give the order and my servant will be healed. For I myself, a junior officer, give orders to my soldiers and I say to this one: 'Go,' and he goes; and to the other: 'Come,' and he comes; and to my servant: 'Do this,' and he does it."  


On hearing these words, Jesus was filled with admiration. He turned and said to the people with him, "I say to you, not even in Israel have I found such great faith." The people sent by the captain went back to his house; there they found that the servant was well.



I have found myself in times past repeating the statement of the centurion as I prepare to receive the Holy Eucharist, "I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and I shall be healed" as I fervently approach for the reception of Our Lord's body and blood.  Today, we are asked to reflect on the scripture passage that brought about this rich statement on faith into our liturgy, at that the highest form of worship for us, the Holy Mass! 


It is indeed a deep statement of faith from a non-Jew but a believer in the power of Jesus. 


In the Gospel reading, we see the power of "intercession."  The Roman centurion approaches Jesus, interceding for his servant.  The Jewish elders intercede with Jesus for the centurion in consideration of his kindness to the Jewish people, even having built a synagogue for them.  In recognition of the great faith of the centurion, Jesus grants the requested cure: "'I say to you, not even in Israel have I found such great faith.' The people sent by the captain went back to his house; there they found that the servant was well."


We pray and intercede for the needs of others.  Mary, our Mother, is our great and powerful intercessor with her Son: "Pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death."






     Susana de Jesus

     David M. Dela Cruz

     Luz S. Lim


Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 


Have a good day!



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