Peter and John were going up to the temple area for the three o’clock hour of prayer. And a man crippled from birth was carried and placed at the gate of the temple called “the Beautiful Gate” every day to beg for alms from the people who entered the temple.
When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked for alms. But Peter looked intently at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.” He paid attention to them, expecting to receive something from them. Peter said, “I have neither silver nor gold, but what I do have I give you: in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean, rise and walk.”
Then Peter took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles grew strong. He leaped up, stood, and walked around, and went into the temple with them, walking and jumping and praising God.
When all the people saw him walking and praising God, they recognized him as the one who used to sit begging at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, and they were filled with amazement and astonishment at what had happened to him.
I love to read the Acts of the Apostles. During this Easter season we will continue to read from the Acts of the Apostles and the early Church. We hear the stories of the apostles healing the sick, sharing everything in common, preaching without fear and giving up their lives in witness of Jesus Christ, raised from the dead. This is what the Church was intended to be.
Today we read the story about a crippled man who was looking for a handout from Peter and John. They didn’t have any money to give him, but they had something much more valuable – JESUS. In the name of Jesus Christ they healed the man! Think about that… They were given the power by Christ to heal in His Holy Name!
In John 14:12 Jesus says, “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these, because I am going to the Father.” What an amazing promise! If we believe in Jesus, we will be able to do greater works than Jesus did!
Do I believe in this promise from Jesus?
Do I trust in myself more than in the Lord?
Have I allowed the Lord to work through me?
Lord, we thank you for the gift of your death and resurrection. We thank you for the gift of your Holy Spirit. Increase our faith and trust that your Spirit can work miracles in each one of us.
Have a blessed day!