THE Word & Centurion Humility

The humility of the centurion, a Roman government official shown in today’s gospel, is the epitome of how we should approach the Eucharistic Christ. Not one pridefully demanding what we think is owed to us, rather one that acknowledges we are due nothing yet we gently ask healing for those we love, “ Lord I am not worthy to enter under your roof, but only say the word and my servant will be healed.”  Do we submit ourselves to receive Him and His will? Or do we carry Him off to do our will? Do we fail to see that presenting Himself this way to us, He once again makes Himself weak for us?

The typology of today’s gospel reflects well with the angel Gabriel’s announcement to Mary, whose humble yes invokes the angel’s word to be done. Where his mere word, by the power of God, gives flesh to the Christ as the unborn child in his mothers womb. Do we only accept this unborn child because he is our Christ? Why do we fail to accept all unborn children in their humanity? Are they not worthy to come under your roof?

A typology that points to the first gospel of John, where it said, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Can God be a verb? An action? The Father once told Saint Moses “I am who I am”, this confusingly vague, yet ironically matter of fact tone, simply says, “Accept me”. We could say that the child in the womb “is, who is”and made in the image of God. Are we able to push aside our prideful thoughts and feelings? Can we not embrace humanity of the unborn? Is it too much to accept their existence as people?

Lo, if we only had the typological humility to accept that His Word is as powerful and omnipotent as is clearly stated in the Genesis account. Is it just beyond us to believe that His Word can make bread into His very self? And that His same Word can bring the unborn child to a virgin’s womb? And the same Word can create all of creation? Do we fail to see when we give summary to these typologies they could all be described as, “God’s Word is love for us”? 

If we were only humble enough to accept that His divine Fiat created this world. Can we not see the pride hidden in evolutionary theory? Even theistic evolutionary ideas? Do we ignore the prideful summary that evolution leaves us? That might is right. Survival of the fittest. That only the strong survive. Do we fail to see that such summaries give us the justification that we seek to rule over the simple minded around us? 

Are we superior because we are better educated than those around us? 

Are we superior because we have better health, superior DNA? 

Are we superior because they are too simple minded to understand the complexities of cosmological theory?

Weren’t we made of mere dirt? 

Did the Father raise up Israel and its lowliness through the weakness of Sarah and Abraham?

Through the simplicity of Moses?

With the help of an Egyptian servant in Joseph?

Didn’t God give us a Savior through a lowly virgin? 

Did he not submit Himself to the will of men so as to be hung on a cross?

Was it not  the pride of Man that hung him there and still tortures Him today? 

Isn’t His strength found in weakness? 

Is there any human weaker than the unborn child?