The question came up, like yesterday’s vomit:
What do I think of the “faithful” centurion?
Well, he believes the Master can heal;
I believe I am going to be sick.

They say he built the local school;
The city’s elders find honor in that.
But even a temple-building despot
Is still, I believe, a reeking despot.

The Romans are all insufferable heathens
Who do abominable things with their “boys.”
If he believes that he is unworthy,
I believe he likely has cause.

If he and his servant-boy suffer indeed
They probably reap what they’ve liberally sown.
The two are Gentiles, decidedly unclean—
I believe the worst, and am justified fully.

“Let it be done,” the Master decreed,
“to you as you have believed in your heart.”
Jesus healed what I would reject.
I believe I have much to learn.

About Greg Wright

I have worn many hats as a writer and editor over the years. Unlike my scholarly and journalistic work from the "old days" at Hollywood Jesus, Past the Popcorn, or SeaTac Blog, the writing here is of a more overtly personal and spiritual nature. I hope it provokes you as much as it provokes me.
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One Response to Credo

  1. Greg Wright says:

    Peter’s reaction to the idea of going to a Roman Gentile’s home for a healing. From Matthew 8 / Luke 7 — Jesus’ first miracle after the Sermon on the Mount. Not what Peter was expecting.

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