Sunday, December 4, 2016

"only say the word"

"Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my servant shall be healed." 

How often have we said these words (in their slightly modified version) at Mass? Probably pretty often. But how often have we really reflected upon them, *prayed* them? 

At Mass last Monday, Father pointed out that we frequently get too hung up on the first part - "Lord, I am not worthy" - and forget the second - "but only say the word".  

Can you imagine the faith of that centurion?! How often do we doubt that the Lord can answer our prayer? How often do we doubt his divinity, even in little ways, without realizing? 

If by Jesus' simple word, the centurion's servant was healed - by his WORD, not by his presence or the touch of his hand - how much more can our Lord heal us, who receive him in Holy Communion? How much more can the grace and goodness of his physical presence heal us, and contribute to our good? It is no accident the priest's prayers before receiving the Eucharist address his reception of the sacrament for "protection in mind and body, and a healing remedy."

Where do you need healing in your life this Advent? 

We have ready access to the healing touch of Jesus in the Eucharist - one of the many reasons attending daily Mass is a tremendous blessing for those who are able. 

If you can't make it to daily Mass, don't forget "but only say the word"! Make a spiritual communion - heck, make LOTS of them - even if you DO attend daily Mass! More grace is always better, right?  

Spiritual communions are one of those "classically Catholic" things of which I think many Catholics have lost awareness. So, let's bring it back! For Advent and forever. It's simple to do - whether in your own words, making an act of faith in Jesus' presence in the Eucharist and praying for our Lord to come into your heart - or in the words of a "ready-made" prayer, like this one by St. Alphonsus Liguori: 

"My Jesus, I believe that you are in the Blessed Sacrament. I love you above all things, and I long for you in my soul. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.  As though you have already come, I embrace you and unite myself entirely to you; never permit me to be separated from you." 

Lord Jesus, only say the word, and we shall be healed. 

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