Monday, June 3, 2013

healing in the temple

Good afternoon friends,
As promised yesterday, we're focusing on Acts in our Daily Readings. In this case I'm skipping the first two chapters, which tell the story of Jesus' ascension into heaven, the apostles electing Matthias to replace Judas as the 12th apostle and the coming of the Holy Spirit with Peter's Pentecost sermon, since we've read that together recently. We pick up right after that sermon with Peter and John going to the temple. We now get to see the Spirit in action.

God bless,

Acts 3:1-11
One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, at three o’clock in the afternoon. 2And a man lame from birth was being carried in. People would lay him daily at the gate of the temple called the Beautiful Gate so that he could ask for alms from those entering the temple. 3When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked them for alms. 4Peter looked intently at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.” 5And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them.

6But Peter said, “I have no silver or gold, but what I have I give you; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, stand up and walk.” 7And he took him by the right hand and raised him up; and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. 8Jumping up, he stood and began to walk, and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God.

9All the people saw him walking and praising God, 10and they recognized him as the one who used to sit and ask for alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him. 11While he clung to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them in the portico called Solomon’s Portico, utterly astonished.

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