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Meditation – 9th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
1st Kings 18:20-21, 30-39
Psalm 96
Galatians 1:1-12
Luke 7:1-10

The story of the centurion’s servant is a well-known account of faith. The centurion must have been a remarkable man to be so concerned for his servant. At a time when Roman emperors were noted for being both cruel and capricious, this Roman valued his servant highly (7:1) and cared that he was sick. He was both humble – seeking not to offend Jewish sensibilities (7:7) – and confident of Jesus’ power to heal, even at a distance – “but say the word and my servant will be healed”. Jesus was amazed at his faith which was far greater than that of any of the Jews...

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