Matthew 8:8 reads, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed.”
These words are those of the centurion responding to Jesus’ comment to come and cure the centurion’s servant. We repeat these words at each mass prior to receiving Jesus in the precious Eucharist. In saying these words, we express our unworthiness to God. Even though we try, we are sinners. The precious body and blood will Make us worthy to stand in God’s presence. This thought prompts great humility in those who love God.