Step #1 - Lectio / read
Peter and John were going up to the temple area
for the three o’clock hour of prayer.
And 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.
Step #2 - Meditatio / meditation
I remember standing in the middle of a crowded intersection in the middle of Munich. It was hot. I was sweaty. I was thirsty. I was tired. All I wanted was to get back to the place where I was staying. Not knowing German and not knowing the complicated and complex German subway system, I asked a middle-aged man for directions. Not only did he tell me how to get home, he told me just how the Munich rail and underground system was set up. He told me which stations were the central stations, and why the red line crosses the blue line at this point and not that point. Why there were this many trains on this line and how the engines themselves were designed. He told me about timing and order, about crowds and rush hours. One thing was clear: this guy had a passion for the subway. Objectively, I couldn’t care less about why this line crosses that one at that point. But – I had to listen. His excitement, his passion, was contagious. For about five minutes, he made me love the subway system.
In today’s reading, Peter says "gold and silver I cannot give you – but what I have, I give you."
I think oftentimes we get the idea that our friends, family, teachers, coaches, the world - whatever – I think we begin to think that they want our gold. They want our silver. But, I don’t actually think that’s true. The people around us want passion.
Whatever it is, find your passion. Find what steams your broccoli, glazes your donuts, makes your socks go up and down; find your passion and share it.
The world’s already got plenty of hatred, violence, injustice, selfishness, judgment. It doesn’t need one more iota of that. Come to think of it, it’s even got enough gold and silver.
What it could use a little more of is you.
Step #3 - Oratio / Pray
"I have neither silver nor gold, but what I do have I give you"
Step #4 - Contemplatio / contemplation
"Gold and silver I cannot give you."
"What I do have I give you."
"In the name of Jesus Christ, rise and walk."
"They were filled with amazement."
For the rest of your day...
What I have, I give you...
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This post was prepared by Fr. Bakkelund.