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June 30: Saturday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time [II]

Reading Lamentations 2:2,10-14,18-19
Gospel Matthew 8:5-17

“Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed.”

Many blessings have come from the new English translation of the Roman Missal that the Church began to use in 2011. One such blessing that comes from greater fidelity to the Latin original is the transparency with which Scripture quotations appear.

For example, in the old translation of the Missal, shortly before Holy Communion those assembled would say, “Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed.” Now they say, “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.” Which of these more accurately reflects the words of the centurion in today’s Gospel passage: “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed”?

The fidelity to the words of today’s Gospel passage highlights the centurion’s point: authority. The centurion understands the authority that Jesus bears because the centurion himself bears authority. Because he bears it, he is willing to submit to a higher authority. The centurion’s humility in the face of Jesus prepares for his faith, and in this he is a model for each of us to follow.