Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/050817.cfm
The Apostles and the brothers who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles too had accepted the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalem the circumcised believers confronted him, saying, ‘You entered the house of uncircumcised people and ate with them.” Peter began and explained it to them step by step, saying, “I was at prayer in the city of Joppa when in a trance I had a vision, something resembling a large sheet coming down, lowered from the sky by its four corners, and it came to me. Looking intently into it, I observed and saw the four-legged animals of the earth, the wild beasts, the reptiles, and the birds of the sky. I also heard a voice say to me, ‘Get up, Peter. Slaughter and eat.’ But I said, ‘Certainly not, sir, because nothing profane or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’ But a second time a voice from heaven answered, ‘What God has made clean, you are not to call profane.’ This happened three times, and then everything was drawn up again into the sky. Just then three men appeared at the house where we were, who had been sent to me from Caesarea. The Spirit told me to accompany them without discriminating. These six brothers also went with me, and we entered the man’s house. He related to us how he had seen the angel standing in his house, saying, ‘Send someone to Joppa and summon Simon, who is called Peter, who will speak words to you by which you and all your household will be saved.’ As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them as it had upon us at the beginning, and I remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said, ‘John baptized with water but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ If then God gave them the same gift he gave to us when we came to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to be able to hinder God?” When they heard this, they stopped objecting and glorified God, saying, “God has then granted life-giving repentance to the Gentiles too.”
Peter listened to the words spoken to him by God. And because he did, he changed the course of the Apostle’s teaching. Instead of just going out to the Israelites, they started going to the gentiles. That is US – the people that were not of the Jewish faith. Because he listened, Jesus’ teachings went out to the whole world. Why do we not listen to Him now? He speaks to us every day, but we do not listen. If we did, there would not be the thousands of churches that split from the Catholic Church. Christ wanted us all to be one – not separate. Peter listened and worked to unite the world. 1,500+ years later someone decided the Apostles were wrong and led the world astray. Are you united with the one true Church? Did you heed the word of God so they shall all be one? Do you hear the Lord speaking to you? Do you obey?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I praise God that Peter listened to your word and changed the world. I pray that those who are separated from you hear and heed your voice to come home and experience the truth of your word. In Jesus’ holy name, I offer you praise and thanksgiving, Amen, Alleluia!
Athirst is my soul for the living God, Alleluia!