READINGS for 2006-04-19
ARE YOU A MIRACLE-WORKER?
But Peter said, ?I have no silver and gold, but I give you what I have? ? Acts 3:6
When a beggar knocks at your car window...
Lord, give me the heart for those that need you the most. The poor, the lame, the sick, the blind, the outcast...
When Peter tells the cripple that he does not have silver or gold to give him, the latter would probably have been very disappointed. However, when he is healed through the prayer that Peter and John say, I am sure he was absolutely ecstatic. Is there any better gift that he could have been given? I do not think so! Sometimes the best gift we can give someone is a listening ear, or a quiet prayer for his or her needs. Let us never forget that God can work through these ordinary responses to the needs of those around us.
1 Now Peter and John were going up to the temple area for the three o?clock hour of prayer. 2 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. 3 When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked for alms. 4 But Peter looked intently at him, as did John, and said, ?Look at us.? 5 He paid attention to them, expecting to receive something from them. 6 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.? 7 Then Peter took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles grew strong. 8 He leaped up, stood, and walked around, and went into the temple with them, walking and jumping and praising God. 9 When all the people saw him walking and praising God, 10 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.
P S A L M
Psalm 105:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8-9
R: Rejoice, O hearts that seek the Lord.
1 Give thanks to the LORD, I invoke his name; make known among the nations his deeds. 2 Sing to him, sing his praise, proclaim all his wondrous deeds. (R) 3 Glory in his holy name; rejoice, O hearts that seek the LORD! 4 Look to the LORD in his strength; seek to serve him constantly. (R) 6 You descendants of Abraham, his servants, sons of Jacob, his chosen ones! 7 He, the LORD, is our God; throughout the earth his judgments prevail. (R) 8 He remembers forever his covenant which he made binding for a thousand generations ? 9 which he entered into with Abraham and by his oath to Isaac. (R)
G O S P E L
I sometimes get a little jealous of some of the people in the Scriptures in that they actually got to meet Jesus and dialogue with Him in person. Yes, they were privileged but I believe that God makes this up to us in other ways. I have experienced a burning in my heart when a new insight into the Scriptures captures my fancy. God can still do this sort of thing within us if we dispose ourselves towards it. Let us pray for the grace to be able to understand the Scriptures more and more and that this understanding will lead us into a deeper relationship with Jesus.
13 Now that very day two of them were going to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus, 14 and they were conversing about all the things that had occurred. 15 And it happened that while they were conversing and debating, Jesus himself drew near and walked with them, 16 but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him. 17 He asked them, ?What are you discussing as you walk along?? They stopped, looking downcast. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, said to him in reply, ?Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know of the things that have taken place there in these days?? 19 And he replied to them, ?What sort of things?? They said to him, ?The things that happened to Jesus the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 how our chief priests and rulers both handed him over to a sentence of death and crucified him. 21 But we were hoping that he would be the one to redeem Israel; and besides all this, it is now the third day since this took place. 22 Some women from our group, however, have astounded us: they were at the tomb early in the morning 23 and did not find his body; they came back and reported that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who announced that he was alive. 24 Then some of those with us went to the tomb and found things just as the women had described, but him they did not see.? 25 And he said to them, ?Oh, how foolish you are! How slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke! 26 Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and enter into his glory?? 27 Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them what referred to him in all the scriptures. 28 As they approached the village to which they were going, he gave the impression that he was going on farther. 29 But they urged him, ?Stay with us, for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over.? So he went in to stay with them. 30 And it happened that, while he was with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them. 31 With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he vanished from their sight. 32 Then they said to each other, ?Were not our hearts
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When I was younger, I did not know how to handle problems well. I often ran away from them. Not seldom did I also try to solve my problems geographically. I thought that changing addresses would take my problems away. But I was wrong. After ten years in the ministry, I learned that the first step to solve any problem is to face it, not to flee from it. Running away from problems makes the problem run after you.
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