In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Ghost.
Today’s Readings center around the response of people who find themselves in events beyond their control and are suddenly faced with being unable to help themselves. As this plays out in the Old Testament and Gospel Readings, we see very different pictures. For Naaman, the initial response is dismissing God’s command in favor of what he thought best. On the other hand, the centurion shows the response of faith played out in humility. He acknowledges that he is unworthy of any kind of help from Jesus, especially help that results in Jesus coming to his house. What both men find, as different as their responses are, is that God gives undeserved love. That is the true miracle in both Readings—not healings, not even faith. It’s the unmerited grace and mercy of God to poor, undeserving sinners.
Sermons from Mount Olive
Mount Olive follows the historic one-year lectionary (series of readings).