When Jesus entered Capernaum,
a centurion approached him and appealed to him, saying,
“Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully.”
He said to him, “I will come and cure him.”
The centurion said in reply,
“Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof;
only say the word and my servant will be healed.”
That last line. I am not worthy that GOD should enter under my roof. Whose roof do we live under, ours or the Lords?. It is the fool that thinks they are the lord, and that all is under their authority’ their own roof. The centurion was no fool, humbled before Jesus, and respectful when he asked the Lord to visit his domain. I think this sometimes is where we get that saying on our currency, in God we trust. In God we trust is another way of saying we dwell under the Lords authority. “Lord I am not worthy” is the quote we recite before receiving the Eucharist. First a reminder of humility, to bow before the Lord. Second, a reminder that God does enter our lives when we call out as the centurion did. Jesus does enter into our lives. Jesus does heal those who allow him into their lives.
Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof. I think of that phrase too as it relates to our coin, In God we Trust. How it relates to our constitution, One nation under God. But do we dwell in the house of the Lord, are we still one nation under God? I wonder, do we dwell under Gods domain or our own? I see that phrase, in God we trust, but I wonder. Do we trust in God, or do we trust in freedom and the “American way?” Which is more important, Gods trust or our liberty. What do we desire more; Gods trust, and the willingness to let God enter into our lives , or Lady Liberty as personified by that statue in a New York harbor? Is it Gods way, or the American way? Lord I am not worth that you should enter under my roof, only say the word and my soul shall be healed.