St. Robert Bellarmine
This centurion was a man of faith. If his authority produced the results it did, how much more must that of Jesus. What about our faith? Here is a soldier from a proud culture requesting a favor from an itinerant preacher. He put himself beyond the comfortable and the customary. We may have to depart at times from our own pillar of pride to accept the leadership of someone whom we resent – but it will be a reaching out in faith. Faith grows by taking risks – a risk to extend the love of God to another, the risk to receive the love of God from another.