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Thought For The Week 15 May 2022

Today we are reflecting on the story from Acts of the conversion of Cornelius, a Roman centurion.

Our reading focusses on Peter explaining his actions to the church leaders in Jerusalem. He had taken the unusual step of entering the house of a   gentile, something good Jews never did. The fact that Luke, the author of Acts devotes 66 verses to this episode shows us just what a big deal this was to the first Christians. Up to this point they had assumed Jesus came for Jews only but when the  Holy Spirit is poured out on Cornelius and his household it becomes obvious that God is no longer playing favourites with the Jews but is for anyone who believes.

The tension between Jews and Gentiles is lost on us today. After 2000 years of gospel   advancement, we know instinctively that God saves any who believe, regardless of race. So, does this passage have anything to say to us today?

I think it is a reminder to us to check our attitude towards those we think of as ‘other’ or ‘outsider’.

What is our attitude to Māori like?

How do we view immigrants from Asia or the Pacific?

How do we see those who have no faith?

Peter was told by God

“Do not call anything impure that God has made clean”.

It is also a reminder that God’s love knows no limits.



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