St. John Damascene
Matthew 8:5-11

In today’s Gospel we see the faith of the centurion ‑ the child’s father who brought healing. In this miracle we see faith as having a social dimension. As far as we know, this is the only time this man spoke with Jesus. I am sure there were many concerns of his own that he would like to have discussed with Jesus. His prime concern was not himself but the situation of his servant.

As we reflect on this Gospel today, we are reminded of the need for faith in our life as followers of Jesus. Also, our faith is not something selfish, or just for ourselves, but through our faith we can bring others closer to Jesus ‑ through our faith we can bring healing.