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Opening Doors

December 2, 2013

The following blog was written by Katie Nicholson, sophomore in our Student Leaders and Ministers program. Thanks for your thoughts!

Matthew 8:5-11

“Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed.” (Matthew 8:8). Does that sound familiar to you? Perhaps that’s because before we receive the Eucharist during Mass, we say, “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.” This saying serves as a reminder of what is about to happen during Communion. The Eucharist gives us a unique opportunity to take Jesus into our bodies, essentially having a part of Jesus inside of us. Jesus can heal us from the inside out if we give him the chance to. Maybe we do not feel worthy, maybe we have baggage that just won’t go away, maybe we’ve made some bad mistakes, but Jesus loves us anyways and wants what is best for us.

The centurion also teaches us a great lesson about humility. He knows that he cannot heal his servant on his own, so he turns to Jesus for help. Similarly, we should realize that it is impossible to do everything on our own. In order to get help with our problems, we have to actively approach Jesus like the centurion did. Jesus is always with us, but we have to take the first step and go to him. When we turn to him, we find that Jesus was waiting for us all along. I have heard an analogy several times that Jesus is always knocking on the door to our hearts. This door only has one doorknob, on your side. Will you open the door? Will you help open this door for others?

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