Saturday, May 6, 2017

Saturday of the Third Week of Easter

"Please come to us without delay." So Peter got up and went with them.  When he arrived, they took him to the room upstairs where all the widows came to him weeping and showing him the tunics and cloaks that Dorcas had made while she was with them. Peter sent them all out and knelt down and prayed. Then he turned to her body and said, "Tabitha, rise up." She opened her eyes, saw Peter, and sat up. He gave her his hand and raised her up, and when he had called the holy ones and the widows, he presented her alive.

When Peter is asked to come to Tabitha, he does so without delay. He heads upstairs and after seeing what Tabitha has been doing to help support the other faithful, he kneels, prays, and calls on her to rise. When she does return to life, it's a moment of great joy for everyone. There will be times when we are doing something like Peter and suddenly be asked to help someone else. We can respond like Peter and go immediately or we might delay or refuse. The first response we should have as Christians is to help those in need to the best of our abilities. So let us keep a watchful eye and a listening ear so we can respond how we should, quickly and without complaint.

Do we delay our help of others? How can we be more responsive to those in need? What can we do to help others to the best of our abilities?

O Lord, give us the spirit to come to the aid of others without delay.


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