at Holy Mass that relates to the Bridegroom
Behold the Lamb of God,
behold him who takes away
the sins of the world.
Blessed are those called
to the [wedding/marriage]
supper of the Lamb
Lord, I am not worthy
that you should enter under my roof
but only say the word
and my soul shall be healed
And Jesus went with them, but when he was only a short distance from the house, the centurion sent friends to tell him, ‘Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof. Therefore, I did not consider myself worthy to come to you; but say the word and let my servant be healed...the Church considers it important that we identify with the centurion as we receive the Lord in his Body and Blood. It is why this element of the Mass was included in the first place. The centurion’s faith-filled humility is what we aspire to emulate at Communion. The new translation makes this more immediately obvious. This is a case of a good translation giving way to a better one, for pastoral above stylistic reasons. And it is not so incongruous as it sounds: as one commentator has pointed out, tongue partially in cheek to be sure, our mouths have roofs!
Sincerely yours in Jesus through Mary,
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God
Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!
* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael