What We Learn From The Centurion

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The reading of today (Old Rite) was the extremely well-known passage with the Centurion humbly asking Jesus to cure his gravely ill servant.

We can read this in many ways, and these famous words have taken an extremely important place in the (particularly traditional; the New Mess has tampered with this as with almost everything else) Mass to signify the respect and awe, the sense of full inadequacy and conscience of our sinfulness with which we approach the Eucharist. I don’t need to tell you how specially important this message is in the troubled times we are living. 

However, I would like to direct your attention on another aspect of this beautiful episode. 

The Centurion is – as Centurions always were – very smart, though this one was also clearly touched by a special grace. When he sees The Real Deal, this smart guy recognises Him. There are no hesitations, no doubts, no traces of any wavering whatsoever. His faith is so big, that he does not even require from Our Lord the act – which would have been criticised by his enemies, and was not seen as essential anyway – to enter the roof of a heathen. Faith does not need physical proximity. 

The Centurion is smart and, through God’s grace, he “gets it all”. His unwavering faith is the more notable to us, because it comes from a man belonging to a professional category to whom a first-class brain was universally recognised.

I love these faith stories in the Gospel. The men and women who were their protagonists did not allow any of the slanders around Jesus to distract them. They knew.

Whenever I read of them, I think of the many who, today, could take an example from them. Those who shiver and shudder, fluctuate and wobble, double and distrust, simply because we have a horrible Pope.

I get a shiver down my spine whenever I read someone saying that Francis makes him doubt his faith. This is Satan on full-scale attack, right within them. 

If the Church is a fraud, Jesus is a fraud. Jesus is not a fraud, so neither is the Church.

You can’t question the Church as the Bride without questioning Jesus as the Bridegroom. The visible, earthly Church can disconcert you with the level of corruption, stupidity or even heresy men inside her have always been able to exhibit. But in all this – both in the historical Church and in the present one – we know that under the more or less numerous, and more or less thick strata of mud which have all too often been found a strong, indestructible layer of Divine Granite has always been, and will always be there.

Like the Centurion, we recognise the Bridegroom. And when we recognise the Bridegroom, we recognise the Bride, because the one cannot be accepted without accepting the other.

I understand that Francis’ satanical work is enough to make people wonder what the heck is happening. But doubt is not the answer.

God’s will is what is happening. Providence is what is happening. Our salvation, day by day, is what is – hopefully – happening.

Don’t shiver, don’t waiver, don’t doubt.

Be a modern Centurion. 

M      

 

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Posted on January 22, 2017, in Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. We had a beautiful sermon from our (British) SSPX priest today on the centurion and other faith stories from the Gospels, with a hearty encouragement to work at growing in faith so that we become saints.
    An amusing anecdote: my younger son lives with his family in (far away!) Melbourne. He was telling me of a beautiful High Mass of a new priest that they attended. He said he can’t sing the Asperges without thinking of you, ever since I sent him a link to your blog. I told him that’s a good reminder to say a prayer for you. 🙂

  2. A modern centurion….beautifully said, Mundy. And you are right…Our Lord is allowing all of this insanity to pull the rug off the puss and disease that is Vatican II. It is necessary to expose the wound in order to attack and heal it. God bless you for your support, reminders and encouragement my brother:+)

    • Many thanks to you too!
      In my eyes, the role of a small blog like this one is not to be a purveyors of news, but a dispenser of faith and strength..

  3. “In my eyes, the role of a small blog like this one is not to be a purveyors of news, but a dispenser of faith and strength..”

    And a fine job you are doing, sir! Many are grateful.

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