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Acts 3:1-10

It could be said that on Easter Sunday our world changed forever – it was the defining moment in human history. On Easter Sunday a power was unleashed: the power of the resurrection, the power of the new life of the Spirit. On Easter Sunday a new human being was revealed in the risen Christ. In an effort to describe what had taken place, Pope Benedict coined that most memorable and striking of phrases ‘an evolutionary leap’. Of course evolution relates to the natural and biological world where the overriding principle is ‘survival of the fittest’ and a Darwinian ethic prevails which is basically a ruthless pursuit of dominance and survival over and above any other consideration. Jesus’ evolutionary leap was the opposite. Jesus revealed a new human being who came to serve rather than be served, who was meek and humble, and willing to lay down his life for others.

The healing of the beggar recounted today illustrates the power and grace of this new life. The Acts of the Apostles forces us to get our minds around miracles – because there are so many. St Augustine, that giant intellectual of the Church, said simply: ‘I never have any difficulty believing in miracles, since I experienced the miracle of a change in my own heart.’ G.K. Chesterton, another towering intellect, said, ‘If a man is a fool for believing in a Creator, then he is a fool for believing in a miracle, but not otherwise.’ In other words, because there is a God we believe in miracles. Miracles are God’s business.

There are miracles today, without doubt, but, to be fair, in our parishes we don’t see too many of them. Minor miracles happen every day in answer to our prayers – but a cripple getting up and walking or a recovery from a terminal illness? Perhaps one of the reasons such amazing things don’t occur more often is that we are not hungry enough for them and we don’t cry out to God enough for them. For truly and surely the grace is there – both in our prayers and certainly in the sacraments of the Church.  

Lord Jesus, miracles are not contrary to nature but only what we know about nature. Give me a new hope and expectancy in the power of your word, the power of your grace and the power of your name. In Jesus’ name may we be set free to walk in the power of the Spirit.

Acts 3:1-10  •  Psalm 104(105):1-9
Luke 24:13-35

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