Eighth Week After Epiphany, Tuesday, March 1, 2022
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. On the following day they came to Caesarea. Cornelius was waiting for them and had called together his relatives and close friends. When Peter entered, Cornelius met him, fell at his feet, and worshiped him. But Peter helped him up, saying, “Stand up. I too am only a human.” As he talked with Cornelius, Peter went inside where he saw many people gathered. He said, “You people understand that it is against our law for Jewish people to associate with or visit anyone who is not Jewish. But God has shown me that I should not call any person ‘unholy’ or ‘unclean.’ That is why I did not argue when I was asked to come here. Now, please tell me why you sent for me.”
Cornelius said, “Four days ago, I was praying in my house at this same time—three o’clock in the afternoon. Suddenly, there was a man standing before me wearing shining clothes. He said, ‘Cornelius, God has heard your prayer and has seen that you give to the poor and remembers you. So send some men to Joppa and ask Simon Peter to come. Peter is staying in the house of a man, also named Simon, who is a tanner and has a house beside the sea.’ So I sent for you immediately, and it was very good of you to come. Now we are all here before God to hear everything the Lord has commanded you to tell us.”
(New Century Version (NCV))
Loving Divine Family,
We enter your sacred prayer space as equals with each other. We are just people, but you, Loving Creator, have called us to join in community to support and encourage each other. Your word speaks through those in our community who are obedient to your voice. Open our ears so we may hear your call for us today.
O Divine Family, we take delight that you see our kindness, hear our prayers, and remember us. You know what we need before we even ask. Thank you for preparing us and our community for receiving the blessing of intimacy with you, each other, and creation.
I hear you calling me to walk with you today, LORD, and thank you for…
We faithfully walk with you and with those whom you have sent to us. Prepare our hearts and minds to receive your message, your wisdom, and the call to journey with you and each other. Fill us with your wisdom and love so we may participate in your mystery, walk your path, and journey with each other in a good way.
With joy we praise you!
Cherie and Donovan Mutschler