Monday of the First Week of Advent

November 28, 2016

Today’s Thought from Scripture:  Matthew 8:8, 10

But the centurion answered him, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard him, he marveled, and said to those who followed him, “Truly, I say to you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.


Advent is a time when we prepare ourselves to receive the delivery of God’s greatest Gift to the world, Jesus! As we light the purple candle (the color or penance) on the Advent wreath, we recognize how far we have fallen from Eden, how much we need a Savior. “I am not worthy…” we say with the centurion. And yet, each week, a miracle: our Savior comes to us, healing and nourishing our souls within.

When do I feel most “unworthy”? Can I say with confidence I know God loves me, even then?


Jesus, I trust in you!

You are my peace, my hope, my joy.

Help me, Lord, when I am struggling to trust you.

Heal the hard and fearful places of my heart and give me joy.

St. Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!


To read the full readings for today, click here.