The Gift of Faith
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For 16 May 2022, Monday of the fifth week of Easter, based on Acts 14:5-18
When an attempt was made by both Gentiles and Jews, with their rulers, to maltreat Paul and Barnabas and to stone them, the apostles learned of it and fled to Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and to the surrounding country; and there they continued proclaiming the good news.
In Lystra there was a man sitting who could not use his feet and had never walked, for he had been crippled from birth. He listened to Paul as he was speaking. And Paul, looking at him intently and seeing that he had faith to be healed, said in a loud voice, â€˜Stand upright on your feet.â€™ And the man sprang up and began to walk. When the crowds saw what Paul had done, they shouted in the Lycaonian language, â€˜The gods have come down to us in human form!â€™ Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul they called Hermes, because he was the chief speaker. The priest of Zeus, whose temple was just outside the city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates; he and the crowds wanted to offer sacrifice. When the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of it, they tore their clothes and rushed out into the crowd, shouting, â€˜Friends, why are you doing this? We are mortals just like you, and we bring you good news, that you should turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them. In past generations he allowed all the nations to follow their own ways; yet he has not left himself without a witness in doing goodâ€”giving you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, and filling you with food and your hearts with joy.â€™ Even with these words, they scarcely restrained the crowds from offering sacrifice to them.
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
16 May 2022 @ 10:42 pm
I welcomed the Spirit through your words, Marianne. thank you
16 May 2022 @ 11:01 pm
Thanks, Marianne! Your words ring true on many levels today.
17 May 2022 @ 12:52 am
Marianne, your insightful preaching reminds me that by Godâ€™s grace
we are all agents of healing. I am called to pray in gratitude!
17 May 2022 @ 1:52 am
Thank you Marianne. Your reflections and words make this story real and active in our time. They are a call to “Pay Attention!”
17 May 2022 @ 2:35 am
Profound! Thanks, Marianne.
Mike Champlin, OP
21 May 2022 @ 4:57 am
Your homily today was excellent. You used contemporary aspects to remind us that kindness, small or big is full of grace.