Posted by: livingscripture | May 10, 2015

Sixth Sunday of Easter

From the Word of the Day 

“In truth, I see that God shows no partiality.  Rather, in every nation whoever fears him and acts uprightly is acceptable to him.”   (Acts 10: 27)

How should we live this Wordimage078- worship

 This Sunday, we re-read the beautiful Chapter 10 of the Acts and the pastoral conversion of Peter who is concerned about remaining faithful to Jesus as well as to the Jewish traditions he grew up in.  Thus, he finds it hard to accept that even non-Jews could be the recipients of the Good News that is Jesus Himself.  Paul is already going outside of Jerusalem and turning to the Gentiles and pagans without hesitation.  A direct intervention from God is needed for Peter to open his heart and mind completely to the Good News!

In the drowsiness of midday, a vision comes to him.  Is it only a dream?  Is it a sense of guilt because he is putting obstacles to the Good News?  Is it really the divine way of presenting Himself and provoking knowledge of reality?  It is certain that the symbolic vision of the sheet that came down and invited him to eat impure animals, pushes Peter to go to meet Cornelius and his family, Romans and pagans, in some way, enemies.  And yet, that encounter becomes the occasion so that the Spirit may newly descend and sanctify a new situation and a new pagan family, and their home is transformed into a new cenacle.  The Good News is truly for everyone.  All have the possibility of receiving it, of knowing it, of loving it.  All can encounter Jesus, the way, truth, life and become His disciples.  All can love as Jesus loves and lives, moves, and exists in Him.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will pray that all people may come to know and love Jesus.

Lord, you make no difference among people.  Grant that I too may avoid all discrimination, calculations, measuring who is closer to the truth and better.

The Voice of Fr. G. Bregantini

Come Lord, Spirit of unity, renew our minds, break our cultural oppositions, unify the Christian communities, and defend them from a prideful spirit.  Help us to choose the last place; burn our egoism…

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