“As you have believed, let it be done for you”

There is power in faith, as we learn in Matthew 8:5-17.

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.
For I too am a man subject to authority, 
with soldiers subject to me.
And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes;
and to another, ‘Come here,’ and he comes;
and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him,
“Amen, I say to you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith.
I say to you, many will come from the east and the west,
and will recline with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
at the banquet in the Kingdom of heaven,
but the children of the Kingdom
will be driven out into the outer darkness,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.”
And Jesus said to the centurion,
“You may go; as you have believed, let it be done for you.”
And at that very hour his servant was healed.

Jesus entered the house of Peter,
and saw his mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever.
He touched her hand, the fever left her,
and she rose and waited on him. 

When it was evening, they brought him many
who were possessed by demons,
and he drove out the spirits by a word and cured all the sick,
to fulfill what had been said by Isaiah the prophet:

He took away our infirmities
and bore our diseases.

“As you have believed, let it be done for you,” says Jesus. I’ve read that somewhere else in the Gospels. Also, “It is your faith that has saved you.” Faith. In this case, it was a Roman centurion who had faith. And Jesus pointed out, it was a Roman centurion, normally an enemy of the Jews, who had a greater faith than the Jews whom Jesus had come to save.

Faith plays a huge role in healing. Think of the woman in the crowd following behind Jesus who touched His garment. Think of the blind man on the side of the road as Jesus passed by. Think of the leper who was among the many lepers that Jesus sent to cleanse themselves in the pool and was the only one to return to Jesus. All were people of faith whom Jesus cured because of their faith or said they were cured because of their faith.

Jesus also said that if we had faith but the size of a mustard seed we could command mountains to move. The power of faith. To cure, to move mountains.

What else might we be able to do if we had faith — true faith? Solve world hunger? Prevent holocausts? Eliminate war? Bring about lasting peace?  Find shelter for the homeless, maybe even create jobs at a living wage so many of the homeless could find shelter for themselves? Conquer cancer and mental health issues? Embrace others who are different from us? These are pipe dreams for a secular world, but what if they were achievable for people of real faith.

In faith, there is hope. In faith, there is charity. In faith, there is love. In true faith.

“As you have believed, let it be done for you.” What do you believe?

Glory to God!


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