Father Stefan reflects on reading of day, May 19

We read in the first reading, “At Lystra there was a crippled man, lame from birth, who had never walked. He listened to Paul speaking, who looked intently at him, saw that he had the faith to be be healed. and called out in a loud voice, ‘Stand up straight on your feet.’ He jumped up and began to walk about.” (Acts 14: 7-8) 

Do we have the faith to be healed? Someone with the faith to be healed has a sparkle in their eyes. When you look at them you know that they are going to be healed.

Here is a part of a homily from Saint Cyril of Jerusalem taken from the liturgy of the hours. Saint Cyril writes, ” The one word faith can have two meaning. One kind of faith concerns doctrine. It involves the soul’s ascent to and acceptance of some particular matter. It also concerns the soul’s good, according to the words of the Lord: Whoever hears my voice and believes in him who sent me has eternal life, And again: He who believes in the Son is not condemned, but has passed from death to life…The other kind of faith is given by Christ by means of a special grace. To one wise saying are given through the Spirit, to another perceptive comments by the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing. Now this kind of faith, given by the Spirit as a special favor, is not confined to doctrinal matters, for it produces effects beyond any human capability. If a man who has this faith says to the mountain move from here to there, it will move. For anybody says this with faith, believing it will happen and having no doubts in his heart, he then receives that grace.”

Do we have that sparkle in our eyes? Do we have the faith to be healed?


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