My mind wanders and I don’t always pay close attention but at a recent Eucharistic liturgy I was captivated by the words chosen by the presider: “Lord Jesus, you come for those who have need of you. Lord, have mercy.” Today’s Gospel speaks of “need” and confidence in being true to one’s word. How often have we heard the words, “You have my word on it!”

The centurion is outright in admitting his need and he trusts Jesus’ word. Jesus is amazed at the man’s faith. Can I be so bold about my need? Can I trust Jesus saying to me, “You have My Word on it!” How might this Advent lead me to a deeper celebration of the mystery of the Incarnation if I truly took God’s Word to heart?

—Susan Kusz, SND serves as Associate Director at the Jesuit Retreat House in Oshkosh, WI.