Aug 042020

When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked them for alms. Peter looked intently at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.” (Acts 3:3–4)

Healing comes in many forms. In this case, a man, having had a crippling disability since birth, was carried by his friends and placed at the gateway to the Temple complex so that he could make his living. Little did he know that Peter and John, freshly infused with the power of God’s Spirit, would change his life forever. With this power, they (of course) healed the man so that he could walk around by his own power and he (of course) praised God for the gift he had received.

But I find it interesting that Peter and John “looked intently” (v. 4) at the man and commanded him, “Look at us” (v. 4) even after the story clearly states that the man “saw” them already (v. 3). Seeing one another is important to the story, really seeing one another. Peter and John offered this man not only the gift of physical healing, but the gift of dignity, the gift of respect, the gift of recognizing their common humanness because healing comes in many forms. We too can offer this healing. – rc

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