Read Acts 10:34–48.
The statement of God’s impartiality is the only thing that Peter adds to the story. Because God shows no partiality, those systems that show partiality are not of God.
The receiving of the Holy Spirit occurs without tongues of fire and rushing wind. Yet it was audibly evident, with speaking in tongues as proof to the circumcised believers.
It has commonly been noted that in cross-gender groupings men usually talk more than women; in multicultural groupings, European Americans are quick to speak. In cross-cultural communication, therefore, it is important for those who would tend to remain silent (usually persons of color) to be invited to speak in one way or another.
When have we been inclined to withhold acceptance from those whom we have regarded as different from ourselves? When have we been denied?
When have we been awakened to the truth of God’s inclusivity?
Read again the words of Acts 10:48. Take a breath and imagine this new community of hospitality born of the visions given to Cornelius and Peter. What is your role in creating this kind of community?
Grant me the strength and vision to be faithful to your word. Amen.
Please pray for the ELCA Youth Gathering in Detroit, being held this week. This message was adapted from “The Story of Peter & Cornelius: An Anti-racism Bible Study on Unity” resource written by Inez Torres Davis and available from the Women of the ELCA.