Mass Readings: Acts 14:5-18/John 14:21-26

Our Gifts

Today’s first reading records the healing of a man who was crippled. The crowd shouts in amazement, “The gods have come down upon us in human form!” A priest of Zeus wants to offer sacrifice to these “gods,” alias Paul and Barnabas. Fortunately, the apostles recognize it’s God who healed the man. They’ve used a gift of healing to serve God without confusing themselves with the Giver of that gift.

Gifts are meant to be unwrapped and used, but that requires awareness. And so . . . What are your gifts and strengths? (Often it isn’t easy to know this.) How are you using thems? (Hard to know that if you’re unaware of them.) Has anyone ever thought you were a “god”? (Probably not, but it’s hard to stay humble in the face of someone’s lavish praise.)

Prayer: Lord, thank You for the gifts You’ve given me. Help me use them to humbly serve You.