Daily Gospel Reflection for June 30, 2018


Today’s Gospel: Matthew 8:5-17

In today’s Gospel, the centurion tells Jesus that he (the centurion) is not worthy for Jesus to enter his roof. In the back of my mind, I would be thinking about the mess that Our Lord would probably encounter in my house!

This Gospel is not about how clean the house is, but about faith and authority. The faith of the centurion that Jesus will heal his servant and the authority the centurion feels in Jesus, his “boss,” and the men he commands. Jesus couldn’t believe it! He had never found anyone in Israel with such faith! Jesus granted the healing of the servant just by saying so.

Which leaves us with a bit of dilemma. How often have we prayed for the healing of a loved one? How often were those prayers answered? Is our faith any less because there was no healing?

When my in-laws were in their last days, I learned a valuable lesson. I learned to unite my will with the will of God. It was difficult. I wanted my in-laws to live long lives and be there for the grandchildren. When it became obvious that wasn’t going to happen, I had to trust God’s will. I had to have faith in His authority.

The centurion put his faith and authority completely in Jesus. Jesus’ amazement would have been worth seeing, don’t you think?


What circumstances have tested your faith? How can you amaze Jesus with your faith?


Lord, help me to have the faith and authority of the centurion so that I might unite my will with Yours and amaze you with my faith!

Copyright 2018 Pam Spano

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Pam Spano converted to the Catholic faith as an adult over 30 years ago. Her conversion story started when she sarcastically said to her Catholic boyfriend at the time, "I suppose if we were to get married, you would want me to convert." He thought for a moment and said, "Well, I am worried about your soul." And so the journey began ...


  1. yvonne smith on

    I’m happy for families that come together frequently. I grew up in a family of 12 including my mother. My father died when I was 3yr.the youngest, so my mom raised 11 on her own. She raised us as catholics. She prayed the rosary daily sometimes 2xday. She walked to church several blocks, no matter the weather.until she could no longer walk. . She volunteered to cook large pots of soup to either donate to the church for sunday breakfast or to raise money for the church. She also donated food for the elementary school we all attended. We never went without clothes,food.medical care. Education. But as my older siblings mostly sisters, there was always turmoil, anger,hatered,jelousy. One of my older brother attempted to intervene, to no avail. Mom was hard broken. The girls had their own agenda. So we grew apart. Most treated mom with disrespect .so she dependent more on her sons than daughters. My sisters became jelous,accusing her of favorites, but it wasn’t that at all. I would watch her pray the rosary and cry, asking God what had she done wrong that her daughterd hated her so. This went on until she passes away at the age of 88. I asked her several times how she felt about dad. She would look me in the eye, and say no mater what. I still miss him, I love him so very much. He loved all his children. She said after he padsed, she would her me talking to him, laughing, and telling him I don’t want to dance now, I’m sleepy. Apparently after work hed get home pick me up and dance. All she could do now was pray to him to leave me alone. That it was his time to rest. I’m very ill now. I was very closed to dying yr. Ago. I continue to be very ill, in constant pain. I pray daily, unless I’m in excruciating pain and have taken my medications. I pray to God and ask him for forgiveness, my husband Richard suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and stroke last week. So we care for each other, doing what we can.. my family ( brothers and sisters, and their families. Don’t speak to us at all due to past hx. Coming out , as I was molested by an older brother, and nothing was done about it. It continued for many yrs. Destroyed my childhood. Now all I have is my husband, my son and daughter in law, my daughter and her boyfriend and 2 young granddaughters whom I love so much. My husband and I feel hurt. My husband doesn’t hold a grudge. I do alot of praying trying to forgive the past and the present. I miss my family . I lost 2 older brothers, who passed away before my mother did. I have a sketch of my mom and dad when they married wearing their wedding clothes. And I ask dad, why he dad to leave us so soon. If things would have been different if he would have lived. I turn to mom, and tell her I miss her, that I love her so very much. . I apologize for not fighting harder for her custody. As one of my sisters took custody of her and wouldn’t allow the boys or myself to see her the last few years of her life. But I know one day soon, I will see her and my brothers soon and meet my father again.

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