In the Gospel lesson from the seventh chapter of Luke a Roman centurion who was a believer sought out Jesus to heal his servant. The centurion's faith was especially amazing because he was a Gentile who had not been brought up to know a loving God. This centurion came to Jesus because he believed Jesus was sent from God. Apparently the centurion recognized that the Jews possessed God's message for mankind--it is recorded that he loved the nation and built the synagogue. Thus, in his time of need, it was natural for him to turn to Jesus.
Just as this centurion humbled himself before Jesus, we too can only stand humbly before God. In truth, none of us is worthy or unworthy of what God gives. In Christ we encounter the healing and forgiveness of God. We come to be made whole. Ours is the faith of the centurion:"only speak the word" and we will know healing. Christ does speak the word of grace, love, and forgiveness.
Exercise your faith and make it strong. Reach out to one person in need at a time. Be a Christian not just in word but in your life as well. Exercise your faith by using it so that the world will know.
Grant us patience in our faith in the Lord so that in the good times and the bad, we stay focused on you. Amen.
Visitors are always welcomed at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Runge on Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m. for worship services followed by Adult Bible Study. Wednesday evening Bible Study meets at 6:30. June 20 at 12:30 p.m. Third Thursday Fellowship will meet for lunch and a sing along program. VBS has been set for July 22-26. Call 239-4311 for a free Bible.