Amazed Grace!

Luke 7:9

When Jesus heard this He marveled at him, and turned and said to the multitude that followed Him, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.”

It is shocking, when you think about it, that Jesus was “amazed” by the faith of the centurion.  It passes understanding how an omniscient God could be amazed by anything we can do or say.  Yet there it is: the faith of the centurion actually evoked wonder in our Lord.  Grace Himself was amazed.  How all that plays out in highly technical theologizing about the relationship between the humanity and deity of Christ is beyond mortals’ ken.  But it surely means one thing at least: when God humbled Himself to share in our humanity, He humbled Himself to share in the wonder of encountering us in all the mystery and unpredictability of the human person.  The centurion’s faith filled Him Who is the Wonder of the Incarnation with joyous wonder!  May our trust in Him give Him the same joy in the Holy Spirit!

Mark Shea

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Mark P. Shea is a Catholic author, blogger, and speaker.

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    When I read this bit by Shea this morning, I had to stop and pause for a moment.  Often, I listen to the Word on CD, and the last week I have been listening (over and over sometimes to get the point, so to speak) to Matthew, Chapters 3-9, and have been struck each time that the recording would tell the part of how Christ was amazed at the faith of the Centurion.  I have been toying with the thought for a good five days now of just how can that be since God would already know that the Centurion would say that?  Then I read this article today and am reminded of how nice it is to reflect and wonder that we do not yet have all of the answers to our questions.  I believe that is what Christ meant too when he noted the "faith" of the Centurion.  It is not explainable but is there always.

     

     

    Joseph Bailey

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