Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Acts 4:8-12

The chief apostolic feast is tonight and tomorrow. Let’s hear the testimony of Saint Peter on the role of Jesus in the healing ministry of the Church:

Then Peter,
filled with the holy Spirit,
answered (the Sanhedrin),
“Leaders of the people and elders:
If we are being examined today
about a good deed done to a cripple,
namely, by what means he was saved,
then all of you
and all the people of Israel
should know that it was
in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean whom you crucified,
whom God raised from the dead;
in his name this man stands before you healed.
He is ‘the stone rejected by you,
the builders, which has become the cornerstone.’
There is no salvation through anyone else,
nor is there any other name under heaven
given to the human race
by which we are to be saved.”

We read this at liturgy during Easter. The message remains a good reminder for a sick or dying person. The Lord provides the healing needed for any person who seeks it. That may not be physical healing. The Lord also provides the ultimate benefit: salvation for the one who seeks and asks.

This Acts 4 pericope works for an Easter season liturgy or one-on-one. But it contains a good reminder for any anointing.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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