Am I Worthy?
Lord, I am not worthy to have you under my roof (Matthew 8: 6). The centurion’s words become our own each tie we prepare to receive Communion. Though we are hardly worthy for so great a gift as Jesus’ Body and Blood, we rely on Jesus’ mercy as we pray: “speak the word and my soul will be healed.” Jesus offers us the same healing he gave to the centurion’s serving boy.
Though we may feel unworthy, divine grace is always freely given, everywhere and at all times. This invitation is inclusive and universal! It draws no boundaries, nor does it exclude any religion, culture, gender, age, class, color, income, education or any of those other things we use to judge another’s worthiness. What a powerful truth that is! What an enormously generous God!
Acts 17 speaks of the One in whom we live and move and have our being. God is everywhere; God is our environment. We can’t go anywhere without encountering the loving arms of God’s embrace.
In these first days of Advent, one flickering candle reminds us to pay attention to God’s promise to be with us always and to be ready for the Parousia, though we know not the day or the hour. May these Advent days give us a chance to deepen our faith, making us feel worthy to welcome Jesus into the home of our hearts. The remaining candles, lit one by one, can then light our path and warm our hearts to be ready to celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace.