No Partiality

Scripture Reading

Peter proceeded to speak to those gathered
in the house of Cornelius, saying: 
“In truth, I see that God shows no partiality.
Rather, in every nation whoever fears him and acts uprightly
is acceptable to him.
You know the word that he sent to the Israelites 
as he proclaimed peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all, 
what has happened all over Judea, 
beginning in Galilee after the baptism
that John preached, 
how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth
with the Holy Spirit and power.
He went about doing good 
and healing all those oppressed by the devil, 
for God was with him.”
(Acts 10:34-38)

 

Scripture Study

10:34 no partiality: God shows no favoritism to one nation over another in the New Covenant, but all stand as equal candidates for divine blessing and sonship (Rom 2:10–11; Gal 3:28; CCC 761).

10:34–43 Peter’s sermon, which begins with the baptism of John and ends with the commission of Jesus to preach the good news, covers the same ground as the Gospel of Mark, which early tradition describes as a summary of Peter’s preaching.

10:38 God anointed Jesus: At his Baptism, designating him as the Messiah (Lk 3:22; 4:18; CCC 438).[1]

Scripture Reflection

Today as we celebrate Jesus’ baptism, know that God wants to open heaven for you just as he did for Jesus. He wants to speak encouragement to you when you take a new step in your life, just as he did for Jesus. Just as he sent the Spirit to his Son, so he gives the Spirit to you. Just as he proclaimed Jesus as his beloved Son, he tells you that you are his beloved as well. Just as he affirmed and encouraged Jesus at the start of his ministry, he has special blessings stored up for you when you approach a new chapter in your life. 

These new beginnings can be as big as taking religious vows or as small as starting another year as a catechist in your parish. Maybe you’re preparing for the birth of your first child or going back to work after decades of raising children. You may be moving or starting a new job. No matter what, God has words of encouragement for you. He wants you to know he is your Father, and he loves you. He wants you to be convinced that he is blessing you and has great things in store for you. He tells you that he is ready to help you in any way you need it. 

May the virtues of faith, hope, and love go with you today – DV. 

 

 

[1]  The Ignatius Catholic Study Bible: The New Testament (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2010), 225.