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Gospel for the Monday of the 1st Week of Advent

Matthew 8:5-11

Summary: In Capernaum, a centurion's faith in Jesus' healing power for his paralyzed servant astonished Jesus. He marveled at the centurion's understanding of authority and faith without needing Jesus' physical presence. Jesus highlighted this faith as exemplary, foreseeing many from afar joining the patriarchs in God's kingdom.

Centurion's Great Faith

When Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion approached him and appealed to him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully.”

He said to him, “I will come and cure him.”

The centurion said in reply, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed. For I too am a man subject to authority, with soldiers subject to me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come here,’ and he comes; and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Amen, I say to you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith. I say to you, many will come from the east and the west, and will recline with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the banquet in the Kingdom of heaven.”

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