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Monday of week 24 in Ordinary Time, based on Luke 7:1-10

  After Jesus had finished all his sayings in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum. A centurion there had a slave whom he valued highly, and who was ill and close to death. When he heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to him, asking him to come and heal his slave. When they came to Jesus, they appealed to him earnestly, saying, “He is worthy of having you do this for him, for he loves our people, and it is he who built our synagogue for us.” And Jesus went with them, but when he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to say to him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; therefore I did not presume to come to you. But only speak the word, and let my servant be healed. For I also am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and the slave does it.” When Jesus heard this he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, he said, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.” When those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the slave in good health.


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.

Honora Werner, O.P.

Honora is a Dominican Sister from Caldwell, NJ. She has been an itinerant preacher for years, doing retreats, parish missions, and other pulpit preaching. She teaches preaching to deacon candidates and lay pastoral ministry students. She serves her congregaton as a member of their leadership team. She has studied history, educaton, music, scripture and theology in her life as a formal student! In ministries, she has taught many from first graders through grad students and elders, been a campus minister, and a co-director of the Parable Conference for Dominican Life and Mission.