Grace

Acts 3:1-10
Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour.
And a man lame from birth was being carried, whom they laid daily at that gate of the temple which is called Beautiful to ask alms of those who entered the temple.
Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked for alms.
And Peter directed his gaze at him, with John, and said, “Look at us.”
And he fixed his attention upon them, expecting to receive something from them.
But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but I give you what I have; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.”
And he took him by the right hand and raised him up; and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong.
And leaping up he stood and walked and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God.
And all the people saw him walking and praising God, and recognized him as the one who sat for alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.

Homily:

A man lame from birth did not know to ask for the ability to walk. Even though he was at the temple gate daily, he was not asking for a miracle or for healing, but for a stipend to take him to the next day. He had grown accustomed to his limitation and lived on handouts.

He had no filter on who to ask for support and who to ignore. If you were going into the temple at the beautiful gate, he would engage you.

On this day described in the passage, he received what he didn’t ask for. He received what he needed. Why? He was at the right place at the right time and engaged the right people.

He received grace.

We are conditioned from birth to see our limitations as a part of our being, never asking for healing, but for alms to get by. Not all of us will be at the right place at the right time and meet the right people. But we can all ask the right questions from the God that has all the answers.

Dear Lord, heal me off the thoughts that cripple me and prevent me from walking with you.