Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Reflection:  The crippled man sat outside the temple area begging for gold and silver every day, yet he received much more from Peter and John.  What would gold and silver have gotten him?  Certainly not more than what Peter and John blessed him with.  Peter and John knew it was healing and faith and God’s love that he truly needed.  The man was healed of his bodily ailment, but he also received spiritual renewal.  What is the first thing that he did?  The first place he goes is into the temple to praise God.  How often does God give us more than we asked for?  Do we go first to praise Him and give Him thanks for the blessings He has given us?

Reflection for younger saints:  Peter and John do not have money to give to the crippled man outside the temple.  Instead, they offer him healing through Jesus.  The crippled man praises God for this healing.

Big Picture:  God blesses us with more than we ask for.

Discussion Starters:
     Younger saints:
  What were the names of the men that came upon the crippled man outside the temple?  What did they offer the crippled man instead of money?  What was the first thing the man did after he was healed?
     Older saints:  Reflect on how the crippled man reacted to his healing.  How do you react when God answers your prayers?  Has God ever given you far more than what you were asking for?  Did you thank and praise God for those blessings?  It is never too late to thank and praise God for the ways He has blessed your life!

Fun Fact:  The communion of saints is the union of all the faithful on earth, the faithful in heaven, and all the souls in purgatory (St. Joseph’s Baltimore Catechism No. 1, 2008, p. 66).

Saint of the day: 
 Saint Benedict the African
     What they are remembered for:  St. Benedict was the child of slaves who were brought from Africa to Sicily, and he was freed at the age of 18.  St. Benedict joined an order of hermits and later became their leader.  He led by an example of charity and humility.  St. Benedict followed the example of St. Francis very strictly in his own life.
     Feast day:  April 3
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