Springtime has arrived in the south. The sweet honey aroma of the pure white gardenia flower lifts our spirits and reminds us the time of Lenten quiet is over. Spring is a time of action. People all over the country and the western world are seeking truth and some have fallen into anxiousness and despair.
One of this weeks readings from Acts offers great guidance for those who are willing to hear. God, our source of truth and light, gives us very clear direction.
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. (Acts 3:7-8)
Imbedded in these words are great truths for the world and western society. Through prayerful reading we can see how God guides us in the actions of the beggar, the beggar's friends, Peter and John.
The beggar did not wait to be helped. He asked his friends to bring him to a place where he could find help.
The beggar's friends responded with charity and carried their friend to the temple.
Peter and John did not sit in their homes and cower in fear of the Jews. They risked everything, acted out of their love for Christ and performed miracles.
Peter did not just give money to the poor beggar and wish him luck. He gave the beggar, with the help of Jesus, the strength to stand on his own two feet and become self sufficient.
In response to his regaining strength and the recognition of his human dignity, the beggar acted and gave God the glory.
Giving others a helping hand, standing on our own two feet, and boldly acting in the name of God; all of these actions lead us to the virtue human dignity.
If we are to bring about a positive change in society, we must act. Taking positive, proactive actions to build up the God given human dignity of those around us. Looking around, we can see many in America and the western world have lost an understanding of human dignity. Our actions can and will restore human dignity.
We must be like Peter and John and become a helping hand while challenging our fellow man to act on their own behalf. The springtime of Easter is a time of joy and action.
Give God glory through our good works.
JMJ, pray for us.
God is good,