The last couple of posts have dealt with defining what a paradox is and how they are used. There is an example of a paradox in the prayer we offer as we prepare for Communion:
The priest says:
Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.
We respond with a prayer that is a paradox:
Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.
This response is one of the most noticeable changes in the third edition of the Roman Missel which we have been using for about 18 months. More about why it is such a powerful paradox tomorrow but for now; I invite you to view a clip from the video below that explains why this change (that many don’t like) was made.
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The gospel story:
As [Jesus] entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, begging him and saying, “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, in terrible distress.” And he said to him, “I will come and heal him.” But the centurion answered him, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” […] Jesus said, “Go; let it be done for you as you have believed.” And the servant was healed at that very moment. (Mt 8:5-13)