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dc.contributor.authorHoward, Joan Blandinen_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 443en_US
dc.description.abstractLuke's gospel is a curious story of healing. There is the obvious theme of authority, but also more subtle themes of suffering and responsibility. It is curious in that the one healed is not the one asking to be healed. Actually the one healed, the slave, seemingly plays a very minor role in the story _ a passive role. An interesting question is who is suffering in the story?||The fact that the centurion asks for healing for his "valuable" slave reflects not only the status of both, but also a level of expectation and responsibility. The slave would not ask, because the slave has no rights and no expectation that his request would be heard, much less honored. The centurion because of his status in society has certain expectations and responsibilities. In the eyes of the centurion the value of the slave goes only so far as his value to the master. There does not appear to be any intrinsic value to the slave. (We don't even know if the slave is a man, woman, or child).|Presumably if the slave is sick and dying he is suffering. The centurion is suffering to the extent that he may loose a valuable asset. |According to Jewish tradition and Hebrew scripture, Yahweh's covenant with Israel manifests itself in blessings for the good and faithful, and curses for those not faithful to Yahweh. Very simply put _ those not living favored lives must be cursed for some transgression(s) known or not known, while those living favored lives are obviously favored by Yahweh. Favors and curses occur in the present as the Israelites did not believe in an afterlife. Yahweh's apparent favor was witnessed by all and apparent disregard was also witnessed.|The centurion did not recognize any flaw in his character which demanded the loss of his valued slave. He "sent elders of the Jews" to Jesus saying, "he deserves to have you do this because....." of all the good things he has contributed. There is no reference to the slave's worthiness to be healed. It is solely dependent upon the worth of the centurion himself. It is when the centurion admits his own unworthiness but faith in Jesus that Jesus heals the slave. We have no way of knowing if Jesus would have healed the slave without the centurion's conversion. |The goodnews for Jesus's immediate audience was the notion of faith versus status. It is faith that sustains not status. For us today, the question of suffering is very real. Why do I experience personal tragedy and suffering? Why do nations suffer? Why do the poor and outcast of the world suffer exponentially? Why do children all over the world suffering outrageously? What responsibility do I have for the weak, powerless, those without names or voices? Where is my responsibility in my community? |And when I pray, what do I expect? Do I expect a loving, healing, personal God to listen heal and fix everything? Do I expect a loving, healing, personal God to listen, be with and to sustain me through the crisis? Am I praying alone? Am I part of the Body of Christ, possibly the unaware beneficiary of the prayers and pleas from around the world?" When am I the centurion and when am I the slave?|Today's goodnews: "What did I ever do to deserve this?" |"What did I ever do to deserve this!"en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.titleReflection for Monday, September 13, 2004: 24th week in Ordinary Time.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitUniversity Collegeen_US
dc.program.unitChristian Spirituality Programen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorHoward, Joanen_US Timeen_US 24en_US
dc.subject.local11 Corinthians 11:17-26, 33en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 40:7-8a, 8b-9, 10, 17en_US
dc.subject.local4Luke 7:1-10en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US IIen_US

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