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April 21, 2022

One thing that frustrates me about myself is my lack of ability to remember people’s names. This bothers me because names are important; they speak to our identity, and something special happens when we are called by our name. Sometimes, just minutes after I ask someone their name, my mind goes blank, and I have to ask for it again.

The author of life you put to death, but God raised him from the dead; … And by faith in his name, this man, whom you see and know, his name has made strong, and the faith that comes through it has given him this perfect health, in the presence of all of you. (Acts 3:15-16)

Faith is a gift from God, but it is up to us to exercise it. We do this when we choose where we place our trust. Do we put our trust in God or in our own abilities? When the crippled man heard Peter say, “In the name of Jesus, walk,” he received the gift of faith. When Peter took him by the hand and raised him up, the man placed his trust, not in his atrophied ankles but in the name that echoed in his soul.

Jesus is the one who calls us each by name. Unlike when Jesus called Lazarus out of the tomb, I noticed that Peter didn’t call the man by his name but called him ‘in the name of Jesus’. From the Blessed Sacrament, he calls, “Blessed are those called to the Supper of the Lamb.”

“Why are you troubled? And why do questions arise in your hearts?” (Luke 24:38) Then something extraordinary happens… As we remember and recognize him in the Blessed Sacrament, we remember who we are; we remember whose we are, and peace reigns in our hearts.

Let us pray:

Eternal Father, as we celebrate the glorious Resurrection of your Son, we ask that you increase our faith in Him, that through our reception of Holy Communion, we may be brought to perfect health. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son. Amen.

 

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About Ivonne Hernandez

Ivonne is an Associate of the Blessed Sacrament at St Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Holiday, Florida.