Matthew 8

With perfect timing, today’s gospel reading is the story of the centurion:

When Jesus entered Capernaum,a centurion approached him and appealed to him, saying,”Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully.”He said to him, “I will come and cure him.”The centurion said in reply,”Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof;only say the word and my servant will be healed.For I too am a man 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 and said to those following him,”Amen, I say to you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith.I say to you, many will come from the east and the west,and will recline with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacobat the banquet in the Kingdom of heaven.”

You would think that even in the dead-and-burned 1973 translation, it was obvious that the liturgical “Lord I am not worthy to receive you” prayer had it’s roots here, but I’ve talked to people who hadn’t made the connection—which is yet another reason (as if correctly translating the latin wasn’t good enough reason in se) for getting it right. From now on, we will say—or rather, those of us who don’t say Domine non sum dignus ut intres sub tectum meum, sed tantum dic verbo et sanabitur anima mea—”Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.”