Our first reading brought us onto the scene after Peter had had a vision2 of various foods, many of which were not kosher. When he refused to eat, a voice in his vision bade him to eat, which perplexed him greatly. His vision threatened his identity as a Jew and all the symbolism of Judaism.
God abides in us by God’s Spirit. Indeed, God’s Spirit moves us to foster unbroken fellowship with one another. That is how we abide in God and with each other. The gift of God’s Spirit empowering us makes Christian love much more than a feeling and a human power. When we cooperate with the gift of God’s Spirit we extend ourselves so others may respond to God, who is impartial, universal and who desires God’s people to grow more like Jesus: Jesus, who cooperated with God’s Spirit, revealed God’s love in flesh and blood.
- Desire to feel recreated by our triune God.
- Ask Peter and Cornelius, who both desired to live for Jesus as friends of Jesus and to consecrate their lives, to present you to Jesus.
- Converse with Jesus: ask him to strengthen your rela-tionship with Jesus and to encourage you to let go of what hinders your relationship with Jesus.
- Ask for the grace to act, live and choose in ways which harmonize with Jesus’ gospel.
- Close saying slowly the Lord’s Prayer. Each time we pray it we reconsecrate ourselves to Jesus, and Jesus consecrates us in the truth of his risen life as apostles to and for our world.
- Acts 9.31.
- The Greek word in Acts 10.10 is ekstasis, from which we get our word ecstatic. Its root meaning is a change of state, here in a way of approaching the world with one’s mind that is not the usual way. The verse makes clear that Peter was not ecstatic as the word may suggest to us; instead he was hungry and wished to eat and he was at prayer even as the meal was being prepared.
- See Acts 10.19. The entire chapter of simultaneous visions and then Holy Spirit falling on Cornelius and his household before they were baptized is a splendid narrative depicting discernment. I thank my teacher of NT Interpretation, Luke Timothy Johnson, for his insight.
- Luke 24.47.
- Catechism of the Catholic Church has several references to this cooperation, for example, ##155, 306, 970, 1993, 2008.