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December 4, 2017 - Lord, I Am Not Worthy

Monday of the First Week of Advent

Scripture Readings

I pray 'Lord I am not worthy' immediately before receiving the Body of Christ at every celebration of the Eucharistic. These words are from today's Gospel passage (Mt 8:8) and are the plea of the centurion requesting that Jesus save his dying servant. What do these words mean to me before receiving the Body of Christ? Am I saying them automatically or am I acknowledging deep in my heart that I am an unworthy servant at the mercy of God?

Today's Scriptures from Isaiah and Psalm 122 attest to the reality of God's omnipotence: “The mountain of the Lord's house shall be established as the highest mountain and raised above the hills." God has complete control and power over all of creation…including the life I have been given. Recognizing my fundamental unworthiness is a gift from God. This truth is not humiliation, but rather humility and honest self-acceptance. ‘Living on earth as it is in heaven’ begins exactly at this point.

When I realize who I am in relation to God, I can begin to accept my place in God's universe, and thus, begin to accept the role God has assigned me in God's plan. Also, this is when I can enter the joy of today's Responsorial Psalm: "Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord!'. This Advent season, may God grant me a deeper knowledge of who I am. May God grant me the courage to accept this knowledge. And with  an open heart and and true sincerity may I say, "Lord, I am not worthy."

- Gail Lyman