Text: “Then answered Simon, and said, Pray ye to the Lord for me, that none of these things which ye have spoken come upon me.” – Acts 8:24.
Simon the sorcerer was a convert to the Christian Faith who believed on the teachings and miracles of the Apostles and followed them. But in course of time, he manifested his immaturity when he offered to give the apostles money in exchange for the power to confer spiritual gifts on the believers. – Acts 8:18,19.
Apostle Peter condemned him saying: “Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God. Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee. For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.” – Acts 8:20-23.
On hearing the sharp words of rebuke from the apostle Simon became contrite and pleaded for pardon as in today’s citation. Genuine repentance comes from the heart following one’s disavowal of his sins or wrongdoings. Money is of no avail in spiritual matters which are by grace. Saint Paul wrote to the Christians in Galatia thus: “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. – Romans 8:6-8.