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A Roman centurion does not have much theological or religious knowledge, and his ideas and rituals may be on the surface erroneous, but the orientation of his person is filled with grace…. Curiously, in Jesus’ dramatic narrative at the end of the Gospel according to Matthew, people are judged not by religious ideas and rituals but by their human treatment of others. What is significant in human and graced life is rather anonymous.

– Thomas F. O’Meara, O.P., GOD IN THE WORLD (2007)