Matthew: So as to affirm the reading from last Saturday (June 1) from Ephesians chapter 2, we see Jesus here more than willing to go into a Gentile’s home and more than that, an enemy’s house – the Romans were enemies of Jews – to heal the centurion’s servant but is stopped “dead in His tracks”, as it were, by the soldier’s faith in what Jesus could do. The centurion undoubtedly knew the prohibition of a rabbi entering the house of a Gentile – to become ceremonially unclean, and sought to spare Jesus that inconvenience.
Gospel: Matthew 8:5-17
New Testament: Ephesians 3:1-13
Old Testament: Joshua 1:1-19