Rise and Walk


What are we capable of doing if we really, really believe that Jesus can work through us? Can we comfort the sick?  Are we capable of feeding the hungry?  What about refreshing the spirit of someone who is dejected and hopeless?  Can we do something even more extraordinary?  Pay attention to the example of Peter and John in today’s first reading.

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.

Peter and John were only men, yet they were able to call upon the name of Jesus to heal the crippled man.  The healing was  given as a sign of Peter and John’s faith. If we call upon Jesus with a similar faith, what wonders will Jesus do through us?

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