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Recognizing Authority

The Gospels relate an incident in which a centurion comes to Jesus, requesting that his servant be cured. When Jesus offers to go to see the servant, the centurion tells him not to bother, but to simply state that the servant is cured and he will be cured. He states that he understands authority, because he is in charge of soldiers-- a centurion commanded 100 men. He noted that, when he tells one man to go, he goes and when he tells another to come, he comes. Jesus commends the centurion for his faith which was based on the authority of Jesus over illness and spirits. As we grow in our conversion, we come to more completely recognize God's authority over every aspect of our lives, and we willingly give him control. At the same time, we grow in our trust of what he is going to do.

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