6th Sunday of Easter - First Reading: Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48 –
Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48 Peter addressed Cornelius and the Holy Spirit came upon all – so they were baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.Excerpts from The Holy Bible : Revised Standard Version Second Catholic edition (2006), with the ecclesiastical approval of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Thomas Nelson Publishing for Ignatius Press.
25 When Peter entered, 4 While Peter was still saying Cornelius met him and fell this, the Holy Spirit fell on down at his feet and all who heard the word. worshiped him. 45 And the believers from26 But Peter lifted him up, among the circumcised saying, “Stand up; I too who came with Peter were am a man.” amazed, because the gift of34 And Peter opened his the Holy Spirit had been mouth and said: “Truly I poured out even on the perceive that God shows Gentiles. no partiality, 46 For they heard them35 but in every nation any speaking in tongues and one who fears him and extolling God. Then Peter does what is right is declared, acceptable to him.
47 “Can any one forbid water for baptizing these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?”48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to remain for some days.
The Willing Listener Cornelius showed an amazing willingness to learn about and obey God. He responded immediately to the vision given to him by God (Acts 10:3-8). He was grateful to Peter for coming to instruct both he and his family. We should be just as eager to hear from God and to do his will?
10:34 And Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I perceive that God shows no partiality,These words were earth shaking and counter cultural.For generations Jews believed that they were “better” than the Gentiles.The Jews thought that only they would be saved.Peter casts all that aside and says that God loves all people equally.
10:44 “Holy Spirit fell on all” The Holy Spirit helped them to understand the truth in what Peter was saying. The Spirit allowed the listeners to take the message into their hearts and believe. We see the circumcised, the Jews, were astonished because the Spirit came even to the uncircumcised, the Gentiles. Peter now had creditable witnesses, Cornelius, to the fact that the Holy Spirit even came to the Gentiles not just to the Jews.
Cornelius and Peter Helped Each Other, But How?Cornelius was a wealthy follower, a disciple, of Christ Italian Gentile, and a and then became the first Roman Centurion in leader of the Church that charge of 100 Roman Christ would leave in His soldiers. place when He ascended,Cornelius’ vision told him of or returned to heaven. his need for further Peter needed Cornelius and instruction from Peter and his salvation experience to gospel to find the way to know that the Gentiles salvation. were also included inPeter was a Jewish fisherman God’s plan. until he became a
Excerpts from The Holy Bible : Revised Standard Version Second Catholic edition (2006), with the ecclesiastical approval of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Thomas Nelson Publishing for Ignatius Press.