There’s something new in this familiar scene for Peter and John as they encounter a beggar in front of the temple gates. Unlike many times they have walked this way before, they stop and acknowledge this lame man. They really see him. With new eyes, through the Holy Spirit. It’s an invitation for the disciples to see beyond themselves, to the renewal of the world.
The real miracle of this story is not that the lame man is healed, but it is to reshape what is possible, if only we will fasten our eyes upon the one who bears in her body this new hope.