Between the Lines: Pentecost 2; Proper 4- June 2, 2013

Text: Luke 7:1-10

English: Centurion (Roman army) historical ree...

Centurion (Roman army) historical reenactment Boulogne sur mer (France). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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….”

What do you suppose amazes Jesus? Is it a centurion who would send Jewish elders to importune for the healing of his slave? Or might it be this centurion’s ambivalence and change of heart and mind? What do you suppose is the “faith” he finds here that he has not yet found in Israel? Could his faith have to do with his feelings about his authority? Is it about trusting in only “the word” rather than Jesus having to go to the slave? What is going on between Jesus and the centurion? Between the centurion, his friends and the Jewish elders?

In one sentence, using your own words, what do you imagine Luke wants you to discover here about Jesus, healing and having faith? What do you know of such a centurion hidden in your soul or psyche who calls upon Jesus and the Holy One in this same way?

– Bill Dols


“Between the Lines” is excerpted from BibleWorkbench, a weekly resource for engaging the biblical story in a new way published by the Educational Center in Charlotte, NC.  For details and subscription information, see About BibleWorkbench.

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