For 3 December 2012, St. Frances Xavier, based on Matthew 8:5-11
When he entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, appealing to him and saying, â€œLord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, in terrible distress.â€ And he said to him, â€œI will come and cure him.â€ The centurion answered, â€œLord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only speak the word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, â€˜Go,â€™ and he goes, and to another, â€˜Come,â€™ and he comes, and to my slave, â€˜Do this,â€™ and the slave does it.â€ When Jesus heard him, he was amazed and said to those who followed him, â€œTruly I tell you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith. I tell you, many will come from east and west and will eat with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven,
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.