Sunday Scripture Reflection: Acts 10:44-48
Updated: May 10
On this Sixth Sunday of Easter, we will read from the Acts of the Apostles. We hear the Spirit of God being given to those outside of the Jewish community and we hear how the mission of the Good News of Jesus Christ began to spread throughout the world. And this expansion of Christ's mission through the gift of the Spirit was not without controversy. We live in an often divided society when it comes to peoples' thoughts and preferences. Yet, this lesson will help us to reflect on the idea that the mission of God's love and grace is expansive, and does not pay attention to boundaries.
Our Scripture passage is found in the Acts of the Apostles. You may find the Scripture lesson by selecting the following link: (Acts 10:44-48).
For continuing study, reflect on these questions (found in the study guide below):
In order to put our Scripture reflection in context, you may wish to read the prior verses of Acts, Chapter 10, to better understand Peter's experience with the Holy Spirit: (Acts 10:1-42).
After reading the Scripture lesson, reflect on anything that may have surprised you, especially with the expansive nature of the Holy Spirit.
After reading the "WHAT..." paragraph in the guide below, reflect on the Holy Spirit's action to bring about a broader mission of God's work in the world.
After reading the "WHERE..." paragraph below, reflect on the author's statement, "Peter was an instrument, not the source of salvation" and reflect on how human interpretation of what God wants can limit or hinder God's expansive love.
After reading the "SO WHAT..." paragraph below, reflect on the statement, "the Spirit is not bound by the limitations that even faithful believers have." How does listening with an open heart and mind in a community of believers give us an opportunity to expand our own understanding of what God is doing in the world around us?
After reading the "NOW WHAT..." paragraph, reflect on your answers from the "WHAT..." paragraph and think how some of your answers may have changed from this reflection study.