Today’s First Reading: Acts 9:31-42 – 3rd WEEK OF EASTER: Saturday, 11 May 2019
The miracles of God are meant to be more than jut spectacular displays of power, they are intended to touch us personally with the love of God. In fact, the book of Acts gives the impression that miracles can be part of our daily lives – that their effects can reach into our homes, businesses, and communities. Throughout Luke’s collection of stories of life in the early Christian community, we see the first believers very simply including God in their daily walk.
Aeneas’ healing and Tabitha’ recall from the dead were miraculous events, yet Peter simply told Aeneas, “Jesus Christ heals you; rise and make your bed” (Acts 9:34). He spoke so casually, as though it was nothing remarkable! Similarly, Tabitha’s friends had begged Peter to come after she died. When he arrived, all he said was, “Tabitha, rise” (Acts 9:40). Then he went off to see a friend. Peter – and presumably the whole community – seemed to be accustomed to seeing God work in their midst. Luke’s point was to present these miracles in the context of “ordinary living”.
The people of the new Church undoubtedly were touched and came to a deeper belief in the Lord through these events, but the miracles involve the cares and concerns of daily life. The apostles were simply following in Jesus’ footsteps. Jesus told them that they could feed the hungry, heal the sick, cast out demons, and calm the storms. They believed, and sought to live in the light of His promises. Knowing this, why do we hesitate to involve the Lord in the practical matters of our daily lives?
The same Jesus who healed Aeneas and who raised Tabitha from the dead is living and active today. As followers of Jesus, we too are called to walk in the same ways that the saints and apostles did: proclaiming freedom to the captives, healing for the sick, and life to the dead. Miraculous things can still occur on a daily basis. We need only ask in faith.
Jakarta, 11 May 2019
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