August 15, 2022     6:57 am
47. Week of First Sunday after Epiphany - Thursday
“I have not found such great faith, no, not in Israel.”
          Truly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, no, not in Israel.   Mathew 8:10
          After a long sermon tour through Galilee, Jesus one day returned to His own city, Capernaum. And the centurion, a heathen, commanding the Roman garrison there, sent the elders of the Jews to Him, beseeching Him and saying through them: "Lord, my servant lies at home paralysed, grievously tormented." Jesus said: "I will come and heal him," and went toward the centurion's house. But the centurion sent friends to Him, saying: "Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof; but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goes; and to another, Come, and he comes; and to my servant, Do this, and does it." As if to say: as my servants obey my word, so all things must obey Your word. When Jesus heard this, He marvelled, and said to them that followed: "Truly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, no, not in Israel. And I say to you, That many shall come from the East and the West, and shall sit down with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the children of the kingdom shall be cast into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." And Jesus sent word to the centurion: "Go your way; as you have believed, so be it done to you." And his servant was healed in that same hour. (Matt.8:5-13.)
          The heathen centurion, with eyes wide open in faith, saw the Saviour's divine glory hidden under the form of a servant, and with great confidence, though in deep humility, he comforted himself with that. God be praised that a great number of all ages and nations have had such true and simple faith. But is such faith found often in Christendom today? Sadly, no! And do you think that all who from their childhood have been brought into the kingdom of God, and still are looked upon as children of the kingdom, will actually be saved? Sadly, no! Only through the faith which knows Jesus and truly lays hold on Him do we become righteous before God and are saved. And in no other way.
          PRAYER: - Almighty Lord, Jesus Christ, before whom, all must humble themselves, and to whose word and command all must yield, grant me grace to come to a true knowledge both of my unworthiness and Your kindness and mercy, in firm faith to hold fast to You, to remain in Your kingdom, to comfort myself with the assistance You have promised me in all need, and finally to be saved: O You, who are the Lord and Helper of all mankind, blessed forever. Amen

First Part : Festival Season
August 15, 2022     6:57 am