Monday of the First Week of Advent
(Isaiah 4:2-6; Matthew 8:5-11)
Advent periscopes the coming of the Lord. We stand in expectation throughout the year. But in Advent we keep our eyes wide open so that we might glimpse him moving toward us. These days become joyful because we know that the long wait is almost over. Today’s gospel relates how one man did not need the Lord to come to his house. He trusted Jesus’ word that things will turn out all right.
The man who trusted is not a Jew with reason to believe in the prophet Jesus. He is a Roman army officer with a good heart. He cares enough about his servant, who is probably Jewish, that he comes looking for Jesus. He recognizes Jesus’ authority which must radiate as prominently as the beauty of a professional model. No doubt, as well, he has been informed of Jesus’ reputation as a healer. In any case the officer does not tie up the Lord. He only states that just as his subordinates submit to his authority so will spiritual forces submit to Jesus’.
It is time for us to renew our hope in Jesus’ authority. He is the Lord of heaven and earth. We only have to seek his assistance. We can trust that he will take note of our good will and help us.