“Lord, I Am Not Worthy”— Words That Made Jesus Marvel

Who was the Roman Centurion who said, “Lord, I am not worthy to receive you”? What makes his words so remarkable that they amazed Jesus and now precede the most important moment in Mass—the reception of Jesus’ body into our own bodies? Dr. Sri reveals how this surprising figure of faith and humility models the way we should approach our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in Holy Communion—and in all that we do. 

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  1. Who was the Roman Centurion? 
    1. Gentile – He’s not a Jew. It was daring for any Gentile to approach a Jew, so when the Centurion approaches Jesus, he knows he’s violating Jesus’ religious customs and norms
    2. Roman – The Centurion is enforcing the oppression of the Jewish people, meaning that he’s likely despised by Jesus’ family, friends, and community
    3. Centurion – He’s a Roman officer in charge of 100 soldiers leading the oppression of the Jewish people. 

  2. The Roman Centurion’s Humility
    1. “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter my roof”
      1. “I understand the customs of the day…that I’m viewed as unclean. I know how sinful I really am, and I don’t dare to assume I deserve your presence under the roof of my house.”  
      2. St. Therese recognized that great humility leads to great childlike confidence in God’s mercy

  3. The Roman Centurion’s Trust
    1. But only say the word and my servant shall be healed.” 
      1. Jesus marveled at this— why was he amazed? Because he saw the Centurion’s amazing faith in this request.
      2. Up to this point, Jesus has only performed “close up” miracles (e.g. touching the leper, clay in the eyes of the blind)
      3. Here, this Roman Centurion has such faith and confidence that Jesus doesn’t even need to touch his servant. Jesus has not demonstrated that he can perform miracles like this, but the Centurion has such trust that he believes Jesus can perform this “long distance miracle.”

  4. Let’s imitate this great humility and trust when we approach Jesus in Holy Communion. 
    1. Let’s show God how much we entrust ourselves to him, like children approaching a loving father. When we say “Lord, I am not worthy to receive you,” at Mass, we remember how imperfect and unworthy we are of receiving Jesus, but we trust that God, in his mercy, will embrace and heal us.

Dr. Edward Sri is a theologian, well-known Catholic speaker, and author of several best-selling books. His work with Ascension includes study programs such as A Biblical Walk Through the Mass, No Greater Love: A Biblical Walk Through Christ’s Passion and Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother. Several of Dr. Sri’s programs were filmed on-site in the Holy Land, and feature immersive video explorations of the sacred sites where Jesus, Mary, and the Apostles lived and died.

Dr. Sri is the host of the acclaimed Ascension podcast All Things Catholic with Dr. Edward Sri.  Together with Curtis Martin, Dr. Sri is a founding leader of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS), of which he serves as senior vice president of Apostolic Outreach.

Dr. Sri lives with his wife Beth and their children in Colorado.

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