Cure of a Crippled Beggar

Now Peter and John were going up to the temple area
for the three o’clock hour of prayer.
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.

— Acts 3:1-10

God,
like the beggar at the Beautiful gate, I all too often
want, expect and ask for less than you would give.
He would have gratefully welcomed a few coins and
thanked you for the generosity of the apostles.
But, in your great love and abundant generosity,
you set him free from his infirmity to dance with joy.
Give me the grace, faith and courage
to accept all you would give me and
to be open to helping you help others.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

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[Scripture texts in this work are taken from the New American Bible, revised edition © 2010, 1991, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington, D.C. and are used by permission of the copyright owner. All Rights Reserved. No part of the New American Bible may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing from the copyright owner.]

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About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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2 Responses to Cure of a Crippled Beggar

  1. Denise says:

    How true! I all too often want, expect and ask for less than God would give. That is why I pray for God’s Will. May I ask that we all pray for God’s Will, and for the faith, strength, and courage to actively seek and follow, despite our unbelief in ourselves?

    • Paul Wharton says:

      It has been observed that many people really pray that MY will be done. In the file Anthology of Prayer underneath the Hearts on Fire logo there are some prayers of self-.offering that seek God’s will in our lives. More will be coming ascpart of my ON PRAYER series. Thanks for being a faithful reader and frequent commentator.

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