I love the Lord, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. All three readings today humble me before God. I am in awe and I am in fear. It’s a good fear to remind me of the awesome power of God and how can I treat our Creator and Savior as just a friend or acquaintance. HE IS GOD, who loves me so much that he allowed His Son Jesus, who was without sin, to bear mine and your sins. He is my Savior. He is my Father and I am His adopted son. He is Spirit that lives in me. HE IS GOD.
There is a verse from the reading of Lamentations 2:2-19 that reminds me of the life and world I live in today. It says … “Your prophets had for you false and specious visions; They did not lay bare your guilt, to avert your fate; They beheld for you in vision false and misleading portents.” We have so many greedy false prophets today telling us we should do this and that contrary to the teachings of Jesus. We love our money and we love our power. We are teaching people that to be successful you have to have stature, power and money. We have forgotten the value of service. We are told we can be who we want to be if you just work hard and do what it takes to get what you want. We have forgotten to seek counsel to know what God wants for us. We buy into political correctness and accept evil as good and good as evil. We make scripture fit into our vision of relativism. I am painting a very bleak picture because this reading is very depressing sharing the anger of a God who loves us but we, His children, just don’t get it!
But there is also hope in today’s Gospel from Matthew 8:5-17. A powerful, worldly centurion humbles himself before Jesus, asking Jesus to cure his suffering paralyzed servant. Jesus says he will go and cure him. The centurion says … “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed.” Jesus sees his great faith and says the Word and his servant is healed immediately. And by the same Word, Jesus then cures Peter’s mother-in-law, drives the demonic spirits out of many and cured all who were sick.
We are in desperate times and in desperate need of our Savior. We, the people of this world, need great healing. We need to be humble before our God, sinful as we are, and recall the words of the prophet Isaiah at the end of the Gospel reading today … “He took away our infirmities and bore our diseases.” Jesus may be our friend but we should surely remember He is much more. HE IS GOD.