Fr. Sanctus Mario
Inspiration and Bible Reflections

The Way We Relate to God and Others.Monday 1st Week of Advent


Breakfast With the Word Monday First Week of Advent Year B


Matthew 8:5-11


Sometimes one of the things that lead us far in life is not only the way we pray but the way we relate to God and Others. The way we relate to God and also the people around us are very important. This is a very important lesson we have to learn from the centurion today. 



Sometimes what endears us so much to God is also the way we relate to Him and the way we relate to others. A good example is Abraham. 



Abraham has strong faith in God and it was credited to Him as righteousness (Genesis 15:6, Galatians 3:6, Romans 4:3).




Yet despite His faith in God, God’s promise to Him to bear a son came at his old age came when Abraham showed love and hospitality to the strangers (Genesis 18:1-15).


Therefore, the way He related and cared for the strangers became an avenue for God’s Promise to him to bear a son was fulfilled. 



We need to be careful about how we treat people who are under us and above us. Those who are under us need care, love and concern. While those above us need our respect and humility.



 Many people today have lost great opportunities in life because of pride. Many of us would have been in certain positions if not for the way they behave.


Sometimes what has helped many in life is the way they humbled themselves. Sometimes what has been pulling people to grow in spirituality and otherwise, is the way they humbled themselves before God and allowed Him to take control of every situation.




The way we relate with God and others can save us from many mistakes and problems. It can be a great source of blessing and open doors.



 Many family cases that we have today are because of the way we are relating to each other. 

Many couples today who are living in crisis would not have been so, if not that they could not correct the way they relate with themselves. 



Sometimes, when problems happen we blame one or two persons or we blame certain situations for our predicaments but sometimes when we critically look at it, we still observe that we are the cause of our problems. 




Also today many people have lost faith in God. Some only come to church to show people that they truly belong but behind the scene, they have another thing they believe in. When predicaments come, they begin to blame God. 



The way we relate to God and others is very important to our spiritual growth, eternity, and success in life. 




It is the summary of the love of God and neighbour. In today’s gospel, the centurion teaches us the way to relate to God and others. He shows us the way to relate with our fellow human beings. 


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Jesus And The Centurion.



In the gospel today, immediately Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him and begged Him to heal His servant. 



He said ‘Sir,’ ‘my servant is lying at home paralysed, and in great pain.’” Then Jesus answered Him ‘I will come myself and cure him. But the centurion tells Jesus that He is not worthy to have Him under His roof; What He needs is just the word. 



He says “just give the word and my servant will be cured”. For I am under authority myself and have soldiers under me; and I say to one man: Go, and he goes; to another: Come here, and he comes; to my servant: Do this, and he does it.’ 




When Jesus heard this he was astonished and said to those following him, ‘I tell you solemnly, nowhere in Israel have I found faith like this. 




The Attitude of the Centurion.



In today’s encounter with Jesus, we can see in the life of centurion how we should relate with people and with God. Let us explore some of them:



1. Show Love and Care to those Under You.



Sometimes when we see ourselves in top positions of authority we think that we are now the Creator of heaven and earth. Also when we have people who are under us, we begin to mistreat them and treat them as if they aren’t human beings.



 When the centurion came to Jesus today, He did not beg for His son, He did not beg for His own blessing and healing. He was not seeking for His own favours and blessings, rather He travels under the sun to seek for the wellbeing of His servant, an ordinary servant. What a Love! 


This man teaches us to remember that the people under us should be treated with care




2. Always Show respect to Those Above You. 



When the Centurion approaches Jesus today, He shows Jesus great respect. First, by taking the pains to meet Jesus. He is an officer, He would have given an order to let people inform Jesus to come. 



Secondly, When he meets Jesus, the bible says that he was begging. He called Jesus “sir” which is a formal way to show respect to people. 



When we are dealing with people above us, let us learn to be respectful. Do not show the other person that you are powerful, you can talk much, (anaghi ata nti gi ata) or you are the greatest. Sometimes the way we respect people can save us a lot.




3. Humility Pays.



To understand this, we have to know more about centurions. A Centurion is an army officer. They belong to the Roman empire. 




The reason they are called centurions is that they command 100 men (Centuria = 100 in Latin). Remember that in the time of Jesus, the Jews were under the Romans, so this man is one of the officers who are in charge of the Roman army. 



He can give commands, as he says in the gospel of today. He can assign responsibilities and give assignments to soldiers to obey. But today He shows great humility in the presence of the Lord.


When He came in the presence of Jesus, He reminded Jesus of His position but that despite this, He is not worthy to receive Jesus into his home. What a humble man!! 



Many people would have used the opportunity of inviting Jesus to show off. But he remained humble. 


This man teaches us that despite our positions in life, humility is indispensable. He also teaches us that when we come in the Presence of the Lord, we have to humble ourselves. 



God loves the humble. God gives His grace to those who are humble before Him (Prov. 3:34 ). He gives grace to the humble (James 4:6-10). For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”(Luke 4:11) Humility brings honour (Proverbs 29:23).





4. God loves and cherishes our Faith.



When Jesus tells the centurion that He would come by Himself, the centurion showed great faith in the words of Jesus.


He says to Jesus “sir just give the word and my servant will be cured” How is He sure that when Jesus speaks great things can happen?



 In this man, we see someone who believes strongly in the power of His word. Jesus was very happy today because of this.


Therefore, the centurion teaches us that God wants us to see us exercise our faith amid uncertain circumstances. 



When you face problems, show more faith than worry. Secondly, this encounter today reveals how God loves and cherishes our faith.


Therefore, the way we relate to God must be accompanied by faith. Once we are dealing with God, show your faith always. Not showing faith means that we don’t even trust God in the first place. 



Therefore, as we prepare to welcome Jesus through this advent, faith and humility are very important. 




May God increase our Faith and give us the grace to live in humility, love and respect. May He never forsake you. Amen 



  1. Henry says


  2. Ogechi Anugwom says

    May God’s love always direct us to the way of humility and faith through Christ our Lord, Amen

  3. Emilia Arinze says

    Merciful Jesus thank You for showing us how to be humble. Let us not think high of ourselves and miss the good things prepared for us . let’s live by example and appreciate pple we work with. I pray in Jesus name amen

    1. Ifeanyi says

      Lord,increase my faith in you,Amen.

  4. Eze Ezinne promise says

    This made me realize how bad I have been handling situations.
    I pray that God gives me the grace of treating people with love and also for strong faith in him in these days of trials.

    1. Maryjane says

      I also pray for couples to relate well with each other for peace and love to dwell in their midst .

  5. Nonye Maduka says

    Amen. Thank you Padre

    1. Okoye Juliet chidinma says

      Amen,thank you so much Padre.
      Oh Lord help me to stand firm in faith in all my trials in life.

    2. Ilokwe Rose Charity says

      God please increase our faith in you through Christ our Lord. Amen

    3. David Mesa Omache. says

      Dear friends, please if you know where I can get the following sacraments please! please !please, help me to get them. 1) metal sacraments of Salvation, 2) of the seal of the Internal Father . Please help me. l from a town known 🇰🇪 as Kisii Kenya.

  6. Cynthia Douglas says


  7. Charles Ndubuisi says

    I Receive my Healing through the word of God in Jesus name. Amen

  8. Margaret Awum says

    Amen 🙏


    Lord direct me that I may serve in humility and love. Amen

  10. Edwiner Anthony says

    Merciful GOD 🙏🙏 please say a word and I will be heal from HEPATITIS AND LIVER SICKNESS forever.
    AMEN 🙏🙏🙏🙏
    Please be Merciful to me oh LORD 🙏🙏🙏

  11. Margaretmary Azegbeobor says

    I receive the grace to live in love, humility and faith. amen

  12. Christian says


  13. Beatrice Solomon says

    God help me to build my faith.

  14. Okonkwo onyinye says


  15. Yolanda Malebatsane says

    Amen,thank you father 🙏🙏🙏

  16. Udemezue Martina Mary says


  17. Chizoba Ekwueme says

    God, even when my circumstances are challenging—I know You are good. When everything seems to be going wrong—I trust that You are working everything for good. I have faith in Your plans and Your love for me. Thank You for being the One I can count on. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

  18. Chibuzo Chinwuba says

    Thanks you Jesus for your words.

  19. Mailoushi James says

    Amen, remain blessed Fr. Good morning

  20. Ndukwe Amanda says


    Lord, Pls Increase my Faith in U

  21. Sylvia says

    Lord give me the grace to be humble and kind to ppl around me. Amen

  22. David Sunday Edore says

    Amen and Amen.

  23. Jane chuks says

    Amen 🙌
    Thank you Father

  24. Ani Chinonyelum Emmanuella says

    Amen, thanks Padre and God bless you.

  25. Agwu Maureen says

    Thanks for this inspiring breakfast with the word
    God bless you padre

  26. Miracle Amadi says

    Amen 🙏
    Thanks fa.may God help us to always humble ourself.

  27. Omeje Ifebuche says


  28. Onyeoma Ukamaka says


  29. Oby Okpalaeke says

    Amen 🙏

  30. Josephine Chukwukere says


  31. Ahamefula Chinwe Stellamaris says

    Dearest Jesus am so much touched by the character of the Centurion, what a humble and a man of great faith. his love for the servant really tripped me, I ask you dear Lord Jesus to please give me such great faith, humility and love for others 🙏 🙏 🙏

  32. Elizabeth kiio says


  33. Emelda says


  34. Dr Nick Onyia says

    Amen and amen 🙏 Remain richly blessed, fr

  35. Dr Nick Onyia says

    Amen and amen 🙏 Remain richly blessed, fr.

  36. Regina Mobu says


  37. Agina Uchenna says


  38. Nwatu Nneka P says

    Amen 🙏🙏🙏
    Thanks Padre and GOD’S help.

  39. Ugwu Obianuju G says


  40. Nnenna Omaha says


  41. Mbama Christiana says

    Amen and Amen.

  42. Ozoemena chinasa says

    Amen, thank you Father

  43. Anidiobi Sylvia Ngozi says


  44. Maryjane says

    Amen 🙏

  45. Okeke Juliet Nneka says

    Amen 🙏. Please Lord increase my faith in you🙏.

  46. Dinmah Lucy Chinyere says


  47. Ogechi Oscar says

    Amen ooh

  48. Mariajacinta Ivoke says


  49. Godwin Odah says

    Amen 👏

  50. Onyekonwu Ngozi says

    Amennnoooo! Thank you Jesus for your word of advice to me.

  51. Ifeoma Ugwueze says

    Amen and amen

  52. Onyinyechi Emeka-Ude says

    Amen. God please, help me to have stronger faith in you. May I not despair in difficult situations. Even when my world seems to be crumbling. My hope and trust is always on you.

  53. Goodluck Ekeocha says


  54. Ejiro Ovwigho says

    Amen thanks be to God

  55. Angela Ekere says


  56. Ibeawuchi Monica says


  57. Esimekara Nnenna says

    Amen God please grant me the grace of humility.

  58. Dodoh Peter Anthony says

    Lord I am not worthy that you should come me, but say your word of life, healing and comfort and my spirit, body and soul shall be healed. Amen 🙏🙏🙏

  59. Michael Jones says


  60. Doris Emmanuel Ogban says

    OH GOD increase my FAITH in YOU 🙏🔥

    1. Michael Uzoechiena says

      Amen Padre and God’s Divine wisdom and strength.

  61. Amalu Gloria says

    Amen and Amen

  62. Ugwu Josephine Nnenna. says

    Amen. Remain blessed Padre.

  63. Bibiana Uche Unachukwu and family says

    Amen Amen Amen 🙏🙏🙏

  64. Enibe Jacinta Amara says


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