這篇默想由生命恩泉文摘編輯小組撰寫，內容以下列文章為根據: Commentaries on the daily readings by Sacred Space, 天國開放給一切相信耶穌的人.
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.”
In today's Gospel, we read that a centurion approached Jesus, for his servant was very ill at home. He asked that Jesus say the word and trusted that would be enough to cure his servant.
What deserves our attention is that the centurion was a Gentile. He was part of the Roman Army. When Jesus heard his request, He only considered his faith and responded at once. From this we see that Jesus' impartiality in dealing with the Jews and Gentiles.
Jesus said in the end: "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". What He meant is that the kingdom of heaven is for all peoples everywhere. Jesus comes to proclaim the Good News to everyone. This Advent, let us reflect on the real meaning of Jesus coming to live among us.
This reflection is prepared by the FLL Inspire editorial team as a digest of the following two articles: Commentaries on the daily readings by Sacred Space, 天國開放給一切相信耶穌的人.