Monday of the 1st Week of Advent

Matt 8:5-11

The Centurion’s Servant


November 28, 2016 Monday

“Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed.” The centurion uttered these words in faith before Jesus as he requested Him to heal his servant. The same words we declare before we receive Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, showing that we personally need God’s healing. Though we are not worthy to receive Him, in faith we seek and trust Him. For in love Jesus truly gives Himself to us. As Pope Francis in His Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium says, “The Eucharist, although it is the fullness of Sacramental life, is not a prize for the perfect but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak.” Let us approach God full of trust like that of the centurion and of Blessed Maria Hellena Stollenwerk whose memorial we celebrate today.

Bl. Helena, co-foundress of the Mission Congregation Servants of the Holy Spirit, trusting in God and filled with the longing to be sent to China as a missionary, left her home and inheritance in Rollesbroich in the German Eifel. She persevered for seven years, working as a kitchen maid with three other women in the Society of the Divine Word mission house, hoping for the fulfillment of their missionary vocation. On December 8, 1889, she co-founded the mission congregation of the Servants of the Holy Spirit.

Full of trust and in faith let us encounter Jesus in the Eucharistic celebration and welcome Him to our life that we may share His Word and His mission as we say “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.” (Fr. Dennis Manzana, SVD | Taiwan, ROC Bible Diary 2016)


Monday of the 1st Week of Advent (Year C) – Mateo 8:5-11. Unsa man nga batasan ang angay natong huptan kon kita anaa sa taas nga hut-ong sa katilingban? Ang opisyal nga Romanhon diha sa ebanghelyo maoy atong modelo. Una, nagpakita siya og dakong pagtoo sa makaluwas nga gahum ni Cristo. Bisan tuod ubos sa iyang pagmando ang gatosan ka mga sundalo, miila siya nga may mas gamhanan pa kay kaniya, ang Ginoo. Ug ikaduha, nagpakita kining opisyal og usa ka maloloy-ong kasingkasing. Sa mga Romano niadtong higayona, ang ulipon gipakasama og bili sa usa ka mananap nga igo lamang patrabahoon ug pwedeng pasakitan o ibaligya sama sa usa ka butang. Apan, kining opisyal nagpakilooy kang Jesus alang sa kaayohan sa iyang ulipon. Kini nagpakita lamang sa iyang pagkabuotan bisan sa taas niyang kahimtang. (Abet Uy)

(English) Matthew 8: 5-11. What attitude should we have when we are in the highest levels of society? The Roman officer in the gospel is our model. First, he showed great faith in the saving power of Jesus Christ. While under his command hundreds of soldiers, he recognizes that there is more powerful than him, Lord. And second, showed the officer a compassionate heart. The Romans at that time, the slave value compared to an animal that only work and can injure or sell such a thing. However, these officials begged for the good of his servants. It was his discretion in his long position.


Sunday, November 27, 2016

MONDAY OF THE 1ST WEEK OF ADVENT – MATEO 8:5-11. UNSA MAN NGA BATASAN ANG ANGAY NATONG HUPTAN KON KITA ANAA SA TAAS NGA HUT-ONG SA KATILINGBAN? Ang opisyal nga Romanhon diha sa ebanghelyo maoy atong modelo. Una, nagpakita siya’g dakong pagtoo sa makaluwas nga gahum ni Kristo. Bisan tuod ubos sa iyang pagmando ang gatosan ka mga sundalo, miila siya nga adunay mas gamhanan pa kay kaniya, ang Ginoo. Ug ikaduha, ang opisyal naghupot og maloloy-ong kasingkasing. Sa mga karaang Romano, ang ulipon gipakasama’g bili sa mga hayop nga igo lang patrabahoon ug pwedeng pasakitan ug ibaligya sama sa usa ka butang. Apan, kining opisyal nangaliyupo kang Hesus alang sa kaayohan sa iyang kabos nga ulipon. Siya nagpamatuod sa panultihon: “To be rich, is not what you have in your bank account, but what you have in your heart.” Posted by Abet Uy



1st Week of Advent (Year A), Monday, 28-11-16

Isaiah 4:2-6 / Matthew 8:5-11

An average dictionary would have something like over 50,000 entries and with over 70,000 definitions.

That is quite a number of words with quite a number of definitions.

But despite their abundance, words still have a powerful effect on our lives and in our thinking.

A carefully chosen word or phrase can save a situation, whereas a careless choice of words can ruin everything.

So if the pen is mightier than the sword, then the spoken word can be as powerful as the action.

In the gospel, the centurion recognized the authority of Jesus and the power of His Word, the centurion being a man of authority himself.

He believed that what Jesus says is as good as being done already.

As the Church begins the season of Advent, we are called to reflect on what Jesus said and to prepare for how it will be fulfilled.

Jesus came 2000 years ago to bring about healing and forgiveness. He will come again to bring about restoration and salvation.

May we hold on to our faith in His Word as we continue to wait for the fulfillment of His promises. Posted by Rev Fr Stephen Yim


Saturday, November 26, 2016

Reflection for Monday November 28, First Week in Advent; Matthew 8:5-11

How deep is your faith in Jesus?

Aside from learning about the centurion’s deep faith in God what else do we learn from our gospel today? We learn how to deeply care and be concerned for our fellowmen no matter who they may be and regardless of their standing in our society.

The centurion is not an ordinary soldier he is an officer but he was very concerned of his servant that he went to Jesus with faith and asked for His healing. Considering his stature the centurion could have simply sent some of his underlings to Jesus. But he went personally to Jesus it speaks volumes of his goodness.

How many of us are caring enough for those who are lowly and poor; they are both neglected people of our society. How many of us truly care for our servants? Would we still care for your servant even if they cannot serve you anymore?

On this Advent season perhaps Jesus is inviting our attention thru this gospel reading to take a closer look on the plight of the less fortunate: the poor, the servants. They’re everywhere and they badly need our help.

Who are the servants and poor that needs our love and care? They may be our poor siblings, our neighbor, our neglected children and parents or any nameless individual who is in need of our help. – Marino J. Dasmarinas


Monday of the 1st Week of Advent 

Is 4: 2-16, Mt 8: 5-11

Faith, Faith, Deepest Faith

The order of the day is to obey the higher authority.  Every one of us shares authority in one level or the other.  We grow up by obeying our parents, teachers and the social norms.  We give orders as per our status and roles in society.  Thus we become social animals.

Here comes to Jesus a Roman Officer, a person in authority.  He came to Jesus to seek a favour for his servant who was sick, unable to move and suffering terribly.  See the concern of his master to his servant!  He came to beg Jesus for his healing.  He believed strongly in the power of Jesus to heal the sick.  He did not want his servant to suffer terribly.  He might have sought other means of healing which he failed.  Now he is concentrated on Jesus’ power.  Jesus responded positively and offered to go to his servant to make him well.  Instantly overflew the signal of his   deepest faith, acknowledging his unworthiness to welcome Jesus into his house saying: “I do not deserve to have you come into my house”.  Are we receiving Jesus in Holy Communion with such a feeling?  Do we try to make ourselves worthy to enter the Church?  Is our faith shallow or deep?  During the Year of faith ended last week, on Nov. 24, what did I do to deepen my faith and to live the faith meaningfully?  Do I share my faith in my living situations?  Jesus declared, hearing the argument of the Officer that “I have never found anyone in Israel with faith like this”.  Do I deserve to get such a comment for me?


November 28, 2016

In today’s gospel reading Jesus tells a Jewish crowd something that must have surprised them. Why? Because they were keenly aware of being God’s Chosen People, the People of the Covenants, the People of the Promises, the People from whom would one day emerge the Messiah, the King of the world. And yet, upon hearing the astonishing act of faith of an army captain belonging to the Roman occupants, Jesus predicts: “Many will come from east and west and sit down with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob at the feast of the Kingdom of heaven.” This is quite a prophecy! Apparently pagans will enter into Heaven in droves!

As Catholics, do we feel comfor­table at the prospect of being a small minority in Heaven? Because that is what will most likely happen, if we trust the many “universalist” texts of the Bible. “God wants all humans to be saved” (1 Tim 2:4), Paul tells us. And God will presumably adopt all possible means to make this happen. Are we looking forward to being swamped by Hindus and Buddhists in Heaven? We should. Because each of them is our precious brother or sister for whom Christ died.


See Today’s Readings:  Year I,  Year II

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