The Roman Centurion at Holy Communion

Centurion Beseeching Jesus on Behalf of his Servant, by William Brassey Hole

In Matthew 8:5-13, we read of a Roman centurion who came to Jesus asking for healing for his male servant. Many Biblical scholars find evidence pointing to a homosexual relationship between the centurion and the servant. If this is so, then Jesus, in healing the servant and blessing the centurion, blessed a gay relationship. (Read the arguments here and here.)

The following comment from the second of these linked articles caught my attention:

One final irony remains. In the Roman Catholic Communion rite, the last words said by every communicant before receiving Holy Communion are: “Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed.” Those words may sound familiar now. They paraphrase the centurion’s words as recorded in Matthew. How surprised many of those who condemn homosexuals in Christ’s name would be if they realized that every time they take Holy Communion, the words on their lips are those of a gay man.


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