Eighth Week After Epiphany, Monday, February 28, 2022
About noon the next day as they came near Joppa, Peter was going up to the roof to pray. He was hungry and wanted to eat, but while the food was being prepared, he had a vision. He saw heaven opened and something coming down that looked like a big sheet being lowered to earth by its four corners. In it were all kinds of animals, reptiles, and birds. Then a voice said to Peter, “Get up, Peter; kill and eat.”
But Peter said, “No, Lord! I have never eaten food that is unholy or unclean.”
But the voice said to him again, “God has made these things clean, so don’t call them ‘unholy’!” This happened three times, and at once the sheet was taken back to heaven.
While Peter was wondering what this vision meant, the men Cornelius sent had found Simon’s house and were standing at the gate. They asked, “Is Simon Peter staying here?”
While Peter was still thinking about the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Listen, three men are looking for you. Get up and go downstairs. Go with them without doubting, because I have sent them to you.”
So Peter went down to the men and said, “I am the one you are looking for. Why did you come here?”
They said, “A holy angel spoke to Cornelius, an army officer and a good man; he worships God. All the people respect him. The angel told Cornelius to ask you to come to his house so that he can hear what you have to say.” So Peter asked the men to come in and spend the night.
The next day Peter got ready and went with them, and some of the followers from Joppa joined him.
(New Century Version (NCV))
Loving Divine Family,
All praise and glory to you, LORD! You have taught us how to seek solitude to pray with you! In your sacred prayer space, you show us your new ways and encourage us to step out of the chains of old ways that serve only to bind us. Though we resist you, your love and patience surround us so we may listen and understand, so we may be prepared for what you are calling us to.
Loving Yahweh, thank you for making us clean. Thank you for giving us clear instructions to follow and for providing a community to help us obey. May we bring you honour by obeying without hesitation.
I hear your message of your new way today, LORD, and thank you for…
Your wisdom and ways prepare us to receive all who you bring to us. We seek to be prepared so we can participate in your mystery, in your divine plan. We follow your examples and trust in you, marvelling in your ways.
With joy, we praise you!
Cherie and Donovan Mutschler