Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Feast of faith: Only say the word

Truly blessed and happy are those
invited to this meal, which is a
foretaste of the heavenly banquet.
(Credit: Sister Mary Stephen,
CRSS, from "Bread Broken -
Journey Through the Cross")
By Corinna Laughlin

The bread is broken, the banquet is prepared, and now we are invited to the feast. Once more the priest holds the host, now broken, for us to see, and invites us to behold the one "who takes away the sins of the world."

Truly blessed and happy are those invited to this meal, which is a foretaste of the heavenly banquet, the supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19:19). We respond to this invitation with a prayer to the Lord: we acknowledge that we are not worthy, but at the same time we are confident that the one who comes to us can heal us, body and soul.

This prayer echoes the story of the centurion in Luke’s Gospel. The centurion, a Gentile, asks healing for his servant, but does not consider himself worthy to have Jesus come under his roof — he believes that Jesus can heal his servant with a word, without even seeing him. Jesus is amazed at his faith.

It is the same for us. We believe that Jesus speaks to us, comes to us, dwells with us, even though we neither hear his voice nor see his face.

Corinna Laughlin is pastoral assistant for liturgy at St. James Cathedral in Seattle. Reach her at claughlin@stjames-cathedral.org.

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