In today’s first reading from the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 14-5-18), we see Paul and Barnabas bringing the Good News to the Gentiles in Lystra.  While preaching, Paul noticed a lame man who had never walked.  This man watched Paul intently and Paul noticed him, saying “stand up straight on your feet.”  The man jumped up and began to walk for the first time in his life.  Paul recognized the necessary faith this man had and performed this miracle calling upon The Lord to heal him.

In similar fashion we sometimes in AA find a person so wedded to another AA member or sponsor of his that he makes out to be superhuman.  This gets dashed when the other person or sponsor happens to fall (relapse).  Then what becomes of our own sobriety since we pinned too much power and control on another AA member?

The thing to remember is that we are all ordinary human beings in recovery.  No one is above or below another.  We all depend on only one Higher Power who will never ever fail us.  Too much dependence on another human being can be fatal.  Total dependence on God never fails!

The psalm for today (Ps 115) is an appropriate prayer for us:

Not to us, O Lord, not to us

But to your name give glory

Because of your mercy, because of your truth.

May you be blessed by the Lord

Who made heaven and earth.


These thoughts offered by Brother Richard Hittle, S.J., a grateful 1980 graduate of Guest House and an employee since 2004.