Gospel of Luke 7:1-10 Reflection:
When I read this piece of scripture this morning what struck me was the idea that in life we find faith in the most unexpected places. Most of us in some way have insular ideas that our people and culture are the group that follow this Christian message in the correct way and that real faith is to be found outside our culture or group.
The centurion was a foreigner and an enemy. He was a leader in an invading army that could do whatever it wished in the land. He was the last person in whom you would expect to find humble faith.
Somehow or other the centurion had heard about Jesus and had made a decision in his own heart that this man was someone special or else he would not have bothered to have sent envoys to Jesus.
The centurion also knows a little about authority and recognises that authority in another when he sees it. Where the centurion has authority over 100 men he understands that Jesus had authority over life and death.
There is a huge leap of faith here; one from natural authority to supernatural. What has the centurion seen or heard? We are not told.
It is the dame in life. When we find faith somewhere where we don’t expect it we have to understand that we do not know the full story behind the person showing the faith.
There is something beautiful in this; Jesus works in the heart of every man and woman. No one is left out.
That is the wonderful mystery of our God. Even in those who have never heard of him or who have totally turned against him, God stills talks to their hearts.
Don’t be surprised when you meet a centurion; they are all around us!