Little Whispers, Nina Miranda

Sufficient Evidence

First Reading
1 Timothy 2:1-8
Beloved:
First of all, I ask that supplications, prayers,
petitions, and thanksgivings be offered for everyone,
for kings and for all in authority,
that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life
in all devotion and dignity.
This is good and pleasing to God our savior,
who wills everyone to be saved
and to come to knowledge of the truth.

For there is one God.
There is also one mediator between God and men,
the man Christ Jesus,
who gave himself as ransom for all.

This was the testimony at the proper time.
For this I was appointed preacher and Apostle
(I am speaking the truth, I am not lying),
teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.

It is my wish, then, that in every place the men should pray,
lifting up holy hands, without anger or argument.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 28:2, 7, 8-9
R.(6) Blessed be the Lord, for he has heard my prayer.

Hear the sound of my pleading, when I cry to you,
lifting up my hands toward your holy shrine.
R.Blessed be the Lord, for he has heard my prayer.
The LORD is my strength and my shield.
In him my heart trusts, and I find help;
then my heart exults, and with my song I give him thanks.
R.Blessed be the Lord, for he has heard my prayer.
The LORD is the strength of his people,
the saving refuge of his anointed.
Save your people, and bless your inheritance;
feed them, and carry them forever!
R.Blessed be the Lord, for he has heard my prayer.

Gospel
Luke 7:1-10
When Jesus had finished all his words to the people,
he entered Capernaum.
A centurion there had a slave who was ill and about to die,
and he was valuable to him.
When he heard about Jesus, he sent elders of the Jews to him,
asking him to come and save the life of his slave.
They approached Jesus and strongly urged him to come, saying,
“He deserves to have you do this for him,
for he loves our nation and he built the synagogue for us.”
And Jesus went with them,
but when he was only a short distance from the house,
the centurion sent friends to tell him,
“Lord, do not trouble yourself,
for I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof.
Therefore, I did not consider myself worthy to come to you;
but say the word and let my servant be healed.
For I too am a person subject to authority,
with soldiers subject to me.
And I say to one, Go, and he goes;
and to another, Come here, and he comes;
and to my slave, Do this, and he does it.”
When Jesus heard this he was amazed at him
and, turning, said to the crowd following him,
“I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.”
When the messengers returned to the house,
they found the slave in good health.


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“When Jesus heard this he was amazed at him and, turning, said to the crowd following him, ‘I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.'” (Luke 7:9)

REFLECTION
Growing up with religious parents and spending most of my years in Catholic schools, I have always been asked by others of why I believed in God, even if He can’t be seen. For years, I did not know whether there was only one correct answer to it or if there ever was an answer. Now that I’m older, I am aware that the answer lies in me and everything around me.

I was taught, and I accept the truth that the Lord created the universe, gave us life, and sent His Son Jesus Christ who performed many miracles when He was alive. One of them, was mentioned in today’s Gospel. When the centurion humbly requested the messengers to ask Jesus to heal one of his servants, He did so.

I suppose my faith in God came in knowing in my mind and heart that He is doing great things for me, healing me, and coming to me through His Word, despite me sometimes doing wrong. It is when we acknowledge and own up to our sinfulness, and believe in Jesus’ power that we can truly say we are faithful to Him. At the same time, our faith on its own does nothing; it must be based on God’s promises.

Faith may mean believing in difficult truths, but God never forced us to believe in Him though He could. Instead, He has given us enough proof of His existence for us to willingly respond to Him. And as we pray for people who may suffer from illnesses, or alternatively ask others to pray for us, the Lord asks us to remain faithful as the centurion was.

Reflection Song

Say the Word by Hillsong UNITED

Author

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1 thought on “Sufficient Evidence”

  1. It is true, God arbitrarily demands our love but then It wouldn’t be love, it would be a duty. God has so loved us that he gave Jesus to win our love. He wants our love given of our own free will. God wants us to choose Him before all else. Then he Knows we are truly his.

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