Happy Easter Wednesday. I love this Easter Season more than I have any other in the past. I’m not sure why, but it is probably related to sharing my faith with all of you. I want to thank you for reading my blogs, and I pray that they have helped you in a little way, to appreciate God a little more. I love ‘ya.
Today’s reflection is about Peter and John continuing miracles through the Holy Spirit.
Quote or Joke of the Day:
It is not fitting, when one is in God’s service, to have a gloomy face or a chilling look. ~St. Francis of Assisi
Now 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. (NAB Acts 3:1-10)
This section starts a series of events for the apostles, and for the “new” church of “Christ.” The dramatic cure of a lame beggar produces a large audience for a proclamation of salvation through Jesus Christ by Peter, in subsequent verses. The Sadducees, taking exception to the doctrine of resurrection will later have Peter, John, and even the beggar arrested and brought to trial before the same Sanhedrin that persecuted and convicted Jesus in just the recent past. The issue concerns the authority by which Peter and John publicly teach religious doctrine in the temple.
With the day beginning at 6 A.M., the ninth hour would be 3 P.M. This is the same hour that Jesus died, claiming victory over sin. As Jesus claimed victory, so did these two apostles, and the lame beggar. The Holy Spirit entered each of these people, and acted in a specific way: the apostles, through the grace of belief and healing; and through the beggar, by a grace of a new life without defects, and with a belief in the risen Lord.
The miracle proves the saving power of Christ, and leads the beggar to enter the temple, where he hears Peter’s proclamation of salvation through Jesus. Can you just picture this forty year-old man jumping and yelling, with tears in his eyes out of great joy, exclaiming loudly that “Jesus’ power had cured him!” I also see Peter and John standing there with a “Jesus told you so” look on their faces; and the temple elders with “Oh no, not again – is this ever going to stop?” looks on their faces.
St. Francis said, “Preach the gospel, and if needed, use words!” Peter and John, wearing robes with a rope belt, must have been great “Franciscans.”
“Jesus, your magnificence and mercy is beyond our imagination. Thank you for just being you. Amen.”
Pax et Bonum
Dan Halley, SFO
Catholic Saint of the Day: St. John Baptist de la Salle
John Baptist de la Salle was born at Rheims, France on April 30th. He was the eldest of ten children in a noble family. He studied in Paris and was ordained in 1678. He was known for his work with the poor. He died at St. Yon, Rouen, on April 7th. He was canonized by Pope Leo XIII in 1900. John was very involved in education. He founded the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (approved in 1725) and established teacher colleges (Rheims in 1687, Paris in 1699, and Saint-Denis in 1709). He was one of the first to emphasize classroom teaching over individual instruction. He also began teaching in the vernacular instead of in Latin. His schools were formed all over Italy. In 1705, he established a reform school for boys at Dijon. John was named patron of teachers by Pope Pius XII in 1950. His feast day is April 7th.
(From http://www.catholic.org/saints/ website)
Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) Rule #7:
United by their vocation as “brothers and sisters of penance” and motivated by the dynamic power of the gospel, let them conform their thoughts and deeds to those of Christ by means of that radical interior change which the gospel calls “conversion.” Human frailty makes it necessary that this conversion be carried out daily.
On this road to renewal the sacrament of reconciliation is the privileged sign of the Father’s mercy and the source of grace.