In just the first week of being in the New Testament, we are seeing for the third time one person desperately pleading with Jesus on behalf of another.
First, we had people praying for Simon’s ill mother in law in Mark.
Then, in Luke, we had friends literally carrying their friend to Jesus – bearing the physical burden for someone who did not have the strength to carry himself to the healer.
Now, we have the centurion pleading with Jesus on behalf of his servant.
Also, in today’s reading, we have John asking his disciples (from prison) if Jesus was the one for whom they had been waiting. Jesus could have gone himself but he tells the disciples to go and tell what THEY had seen and heard.
People need to hear what we have seen God do in our lives and what we have learned.
Both of these (praying for others and sharing our testimonies) show that we are meant to live in community. We need one another!
Gospel living is “go and tell.”