Acts 3:1-10 NIV
One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them. Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. When all the people saw him walking and praising God, they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.
Reflection. St Peter's response, to the needs of the man who was lame from birth, was to give the man something unexpected. The man wanted money for his daily life. Peter gave him something much greater. Peter gave him life. Peter gave him Jesus. Not money
Now, this is not an excuse to dip deep into our pockets/bank balance to help those in financial need. Goodness, for many, including people who can cook and budget, the cost of living crisis is very real. However, Peter goes miles better as an example to us. Peter gives what he has, Jesus. Healing happens. Walking, leaping and, then, praises follow. And more, others noticed. Find One and others will notice and follow.
Prayer. Lord Jesus, please help me with finding perspective as I seek to Find One for you. Amen.