Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. Blessed are those called to the Supper of the Lamb. I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.
Under the roof of a cave, God manifest on earth as a Divine and human Child. Were the shepherds worthy to enter under his roof to give him homage? No more or less than me. Yet the Good News for all creation sprang forth from the glimmer of simple faith that recognized the Redeemer. Each year at the manger, I, too, enter under his roof and celebrate that good news. I recognize him as my Redeemer and I give him my heart.
When the paralytic was carried to Jesus for healing, he was lowered through the roof of the place where Jesus taught and healed that night. Was the paralytic worthy? No more or less than me. What did Jesus do when this man was under the same roof? He forgave his sins – healed his soul – and he healed the man’s body – the man took up his mat and walked. No questions asked, only humble faith received by Jesus.
Because he is worthy, I enter under his roof known as the Church – both physical and spiritual. Am I worthy? No more or less than anyone else. In that place and wherever I am, if I but ask with even the simplest faith, his Precious Body and Blood heal me – body and soul. And I am made worthy.
I am blessed, for I am called to the ultimate feast, the Supper of the Lamb – the Lamb who was born on Christmas Day.