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Today we hear the Gospel from Saint Matthew Chapter 8 verses 5-13, about the centurion who approached Jesus as he entered into the city of Capernaum. The Centurion entreated the Lord to heal his servant who was paralyzed and unable to move. The centurion did not ask Jesus to visit his house; rather, he asked the Lord to give the “word” and he believed his servant would be healed.

Words have power because they have meaning: for the spoken word, having a particular form and sound expresses an inner thought, will or design. You see God’s Word communicates God’s Thoughts. Through Holy Scripture we know God’s Will and Plan for us. However, the supreme expression of God’s communication to humanity is Jesus Christ, the incarnate Word of God, on whom we anchor our personal relationship with God.

Words have power because they discern the truth. But most of all Words have power because they can change lives. Through Words we can affect each other’s feelings, thinking and actions. A sincere loving Word inspires and encourages. A harsh or judgemental word can alienate and destroy a person’s spirit.

Those who come to Jesus In Faith and Love, receive His Words and immediately enter into a healing process not only for their own sakes but for others. To abide in God’s Words is to love Him and to live a new life, in union with Him and the Father. It is our Christian effort to make our home with Him.

May Almighty God bless and keep all of you in His Word!

The Faith of the Centurion