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Have you been to Mass this last Sunday anon?
Beware, out there, we have a "Catholic" President and after the midterms it is already primary season. Many with Vatican flags in their emojis will come on like hyenas with a lot of tut tutting, so let's talk about the gospel.
The gospel from the Third week after the Epiphany comes from the book of Matthew and is one of my favorite gospel passages. Chapter 8: 1-13. Jesus is approached by a leper and asked to be made clean, and "Jesus stretching forth His hand, touched him, saying" I will. Be thou made clean." and the leper was healed. This is how leftcath and too many normies view Jesus, as a Deus ex machina that allows to cure all illnesses, infinity immigration and an embrace of the ill as opposed to the well. But, here enters the centurion.
A centurian was not merely a soldier, he was a leader of about 80 men & was required to train his own men and logistically provide for them.The request by the centurion stands in stark contrast to that of the leper, & belies the mythos of Christianity of only "helping the lowly".
As a brief aside, see here in Paolo's Veronese's painting how the Centurion beseeches Jesus, as it says in Matthew, saying "Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy and is grievously tormented." What I like about this is how Jesus mirrors the centurion, empathetic.
"Jesus saith to him (the Centurion): 'I will come and heal him.' and the centurion making answer, said: Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof: but only say the word, and my servant shall be healed."
When Catholics go to Mass they reenact this scene.
Instead of saying "my servant" we say "my soul" shall be healed. This is right before receiving the Eucharist. It cannot be more explicit, that the mass is designed such that to prepare members of the Church to empathize with the Roman, that God's covenant was open to them.
But it get's better, the Centurion continues:
"For I am also a man subject to authority, having under me soldiers; and I say to this: 'Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant: Do this, and he doeth it. And Jesus hearing this MARVELED".
Thaumazo was the greek word for "Marvel" and is used only one other time in the Gospels was mentioned was in Mark, when the unbelief of the Nazarenes left Jesus marvelling in disgust. So here is the only time Jesus Christ is left amazed, and so this is an important lesson.
The centurion has a faith that is based on AUTHORITY and LOYALTY. His faith is not transactional, there is no haggling. The centurion in his faith recognizes the authority of Jesus Christ and shows more faith than the Nazarenes or even Thomas the disciple. Jesus replied:
"Amen I say to you, I have not FOUND SO GREAT FAITH IN ISRAEL. And I say to you that many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham & Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven: but the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into the exterior darkness:
there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. And Jesus said to the centurion: Go, and as thou hast believed, so be it done to thee. And the servant was healed at the same hour." Straight from Jesus Christ's mouth, the prophecy of the destruction of the temple of Israel and the opening up of the Covenant to the east and the west, with special honor given to the Romans. The centurion by law was pagan, and his faith was stronger than anyone in Israel. Who has the faith of the Pagan Centurion today? Wat means?
Throughout the gospel Jesus lamented the entitlement of the Israelites and especially the Pharisees, self appointed gatekeepers of discourse. Beware those who use casuistry and in group narcissism, they are the same offended by Handsome Thursday specimen, maybe they say this gay.