14th April 2018

Daily Reading: 14 April

(from www.christianaid.org.uk)

 

Peter and John help a lame man.

 

Something to read

 

... Peter looked intently at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.” And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. But 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.”  And he took him by the right hand and raised him up; and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong.

Acts 3:1-10 

 

Something to think about

This is a story of people passing by. Peter and John were going to pray and as they did so they passed by the lame man. If a man had to beg because he was disabled, his family might leave him every day in a good place for attracting sympathy. The entrance to the temple was especially good because people going to worship God were more likely to remember his many commands to help the poor. We pass by need every day. It makes its appeal in so many different forms. Our response varies but often involves passing by without a backward glance.

Yet Luke tells us that Peter and John noticed the needy person. Furthermore, they asked him to look at them which prompted the hope of money. The suggestion is that his eyes were downcast, calling out for alms with little hope of response. Looking at each other offers hope. In the meeting of eyes, so much happens.  We affirm each other as people who have significance. In a small way we recognise a claim of the other and so our meeting brings hope.

 

Something to do

Allow yourself to notice the other in situations in which you customarily pass by.

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Something to pray

Lord, deliver me from a fear of the stranger. Help me to make a connection today, in the hope that it will strengthen and bless those whom I am tempted to pass by. Amen.

 

Today’s contributor is the Rev Richard Church, serving as the Deputy General Secretary (Discipleship) of the United Reformed Church.


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