Posted by: frburke23 | April 4, 2013

Thought for Friday of Easter Week

After the crippled man had been cured,
while Peter and John were still speaking to the people,
the priests, the captain of the temple guard,
and the Sadducees confronted them,
disturbed that they were teaching the people
and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead.
They laid hands on Peter and John
and put them in custody until the next day,
since it was already evening.
But many of those who heard the word came to believe
and the number of men grew to about five thousand.

On the next day, their leaders, elders, and scribes were assembled in Jerusalem, with Annas the high priest,
Caiaphas, John, Alexander,
and all who were of the high-priestly class.
They brought them into their presence and questioned them,
“By what power or by what name have you done this?”
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, answered them,
“Leaders of the people and elders:
If we are being examined today
about a good deed done to a cripple,
namely, by what means he was saved,
then all of you and all the people of Israel should know
that it was in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean
whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead;
in his name this man stands before you healed.
He is the stone rejected by you, the builders,
which has become the cornerstone.

There is no salvation through anyone else,
nor is there any other name under heaven
given to the human race by which we are to be saved.”


Yesterday we heard the story of Jesus healing the crippled man through Peter and John.  Of course many people were amazed.  At the same time, some of the religious leaders were getting nervous and angry.  That is fallen humanity at its worst. 

Why can we not all celebrate with one another when something wonderful happens?  Because of the Fall, we see one another as competition rather than as a brother and sister in Christ.  Jesus wants us to see ourselves as integral parts of the Mystical Body of Christ.  The evil one wants us to see others as competition – he divides and conquers – or at least tries to do so.

When questioned by what power Peter and John healed the crippled man, Peter did not mince words.  He named Jesus Christ as the source of every good thing.  And he didn’t hesitate to point out the Jesus was “the stone rejected by YOU, the builders, which has become the cornerstone.”

Am I afraid to give Jesus the credit in public?

Do I see others as competition or as fellow members of the Body of Christ?

Have a blessed day!

Fr. Burke



  1. Good afternoon Father Burke, My name is Elizabeth Gonzalez. You married my Husband Robert and I on September 18, 2004 in St. Mary’s Parish in West Chicago. I wanted to share with you our story. Both Bob and I felt like we needed to find you to tell you all that has happened since you were such a huge part of our journey at the begining.

    When you married us we felt like the world was at our finger tips. We felt blessed by God for all he had done for us prior to us meeting and also for bringing us together. Its noy often you meet your soul mate and feel complete. Bob and I met, he proposed after a 7 month courtship and 9 months after that we were standing at the alter saying our vows in front of a church packed with all the people that loved us and supported us!

    During the ceremony, we presented flowers to the Virgin Mary at which time we prayed for a happy marriage full of love, wealth and most of all Children.

    Everything after our wedding was close to perfection but then we started to feel the need to add to our kives a child. We were ready emotionally and financially. So, our journey began………..

    Little did we know that God was going to have a different plan for us…….

    We had been trying to get pregnant for 2 years and were not successful. We seeked medical help and came to dind out that I have a blocked tube and my chances of getting pregnant naturally would be sli

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