Peter and John knew what is the most important gift they can give anyone including the beggar in today’s reading. The person of Jesus Christ can heal sickness and cure disease; he can raise the dead and deliver us from demons. It is Jesus who can save us from our sins and everything else for that matter. All we have to do is put our faith in Him and allow Him to work the miracle of salvation in our lives.
1 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, 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
Even two of the disciples of Jesus fail to immediately recognize Him as they walk and talk with Him. This is difficult to believe and a warning to us that Jesus can be in our midst in a form that may not be immediately obvious to us. In the Old Testament, people spoke of having entertained angels when they took in a stranger for a meal; perhaps today the stranger you meet will be Jesus looking for your love and helping hand?
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 burning [within us] while he spoke to us on the way and opened the scriptures to us?” 33 So they set out at once and returned to Jerusalem where they found gathered together the eleven and those with them 34 who were saying, “The Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon!” 35 Then the two recounted what had taken place on the way and how he was made known to them in the breaking of the bread.
think: Perhaps today the stranger you meet will be Jesus looking for your love and helping hand.
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GETTING TO KNOW THE SAINTS
Saint Marcellinus of Carthage
Under the Roman Emperor Honorius, Marcellinus served as secretary of state of the Western Roman Empire.
In 409, he granted the heretical group Donatists the right to public worship. But the group grew in power, causing the oppression of the orthodox. As a result, the latter appealed to the emperor for protection. Marcellinus was appointed to judge on the controversy. Since the Donatists were heretics, he summoned them to submit to the control of orthodox bishops and priests. The judgment was implemented with violence and severity by the Roman army. It was a bloody persecution that Bishop Augustine protested.
The Donatists held a grudge against Marcellinus. They accused him and his brother for being involved in the rebellion of Heraclion. General Maricus thus ordered for the arrest and imprisonment of the two. The bishop intervened on their behalf. But Maricus remained firm, ordering for the execution of Marcellinus and his brother on September 12, 413.
Saint Celestine I
Saint Celestine I, a Roman, was deacon in Rome when he was elected for the pontificate on September 20, 422 A.D., in succession to Pope Boniface I.
As pope, he sent a letter to the bishops of Vienne and Narbonne, ordering them that absolution should never be denied to the dying who sincerely asked for it. Celestine also called for a council in Rome to condemn Nestorianism. He threatened Nestorius, patriarch of Constantinople, with excommunication if the man did not stop from his heretical teaching. Thus, in 431 he appointed Cyril as president of the General Council of Ephesus, which formally condemned the heresy.
The pope fought against Pelagianism with Saint Germanius of Auxerre. He sent the latter to deal with the Pelagianism in Britain. In addition, he wrote a treatise against semi-Pelagianism and sent Palladius for the evangelization of the people in Ireland.
After nine years and ten months of his pontificate, Saint Celestine I died on July 27, 432 in Rome, Italy.