A very wise man once said, “Lord, I am not worthy for You to come under my roof, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed” (Matthew 8:8). This centurion recognized the power and glory of Jesus. He was begging Jesus to heal his servant, because he knew that Jesus could “just say the word” and his servant would be healed.
His words are so important that we include a version of them in the Mass: “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.” Catholicexchange.com says that “In this instance we are asking the Lord to heal not our servant, but our very soul, our inmost being. We are acknowledging that we’re about to receive Him under the “roof” of our mouths and thus to welcome Him into our physical abode; into our bodies, the dwelling place of the soul.”
When we say those words, we prepare our hearts for the sacrament we are about to receive- Jesus Himself. We are humbling ourselves to the reality that we are nothing but God’s servants here on this earth. We are not worthy of everything God gives us every day, but He loves us so much that He continues to bless us. Being humble and recognizing our need of God will help us to live holier, more prayerful lives.
We are not worthy of all that God gives us, but all He wants in return is a relationship with us. Those words we say in the Mass remind us of how much we need God in our life- and how much we need a relationship with Him. He is always waiting for us, whether or not we recognize that. Many times in our lives, we struggle to put effort forth in forming a relationship with God. We struggle to put Him first and set aside time for Him. Jesus never said it was easy, but when we ask for it, we will be given the strength to love God in our everyday actions.
We are human, and we fall. God has blessed us with many things that we cannot repay Him for. We may not be worthy of all He does for us, but God loves us and wants us to love Him in return.
Verrecchio, Louie. https://catholicexchange.com/lord-i-am-not-worthy. 24 July 2010.