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Today’s Reading: Luke 7:1-10

1 After he had ended all his sayings in the hearing of the people he entered Caperna-um. 2 Now a centurion had a slave who was dear to him, who was sick and at the point of death. When he heard of Jesus, he sent to him elders of the Jews, asking him to come and heal his slave. 4 And when they came to Jesus, they begged him earnestly, saying, “He is worthy to have you do this for him, 5 for he loves our nation, and he built us our synagogue.” And Jesus went with them. When he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying to him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; 7 therefore I did not presume to come to you. But say the word, and let my servant be healed. For I am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me:and I say to one, Go,’ and he goes; and to another and the ruin of that house was great.” Come,’ and he comes; and to my slave, Do this,’ and he does it.” 9 When Jesus heard this he marveled at him, and turned and said to the multitude that followed him, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.” 10 And when those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the slave well.

Today’s Commentary:

I am not worthy: The centurion displays humility despite the popular sentiment that he is “worthy” to receive help from Jesus (7:4). He also respects cultural sensibilities, aware that Jews are discouraged from entering Gentile homes.

not even in Israel: The centurion’s faith is astonishing and foreshadows the acceptance of Gentiles into the New Covenant Church.

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