5th Sunday in Easter First Scripture Reading: Acts 11:1-18

Peter Reports to the Church: Now the apostles and the brothers who were
throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. So
when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcision party criticized him, saying,
“You went to uncircumcised men and ate with them.” But Peter began and
explained it to them in order: “I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I
saw a vision, something like a great sheet descending, being let down from heaven
by its four corners, and it came down to me. Looking at it closely, I observed
animals and beasts of prey and reptiles and birds of the air. And I heard a voice
saying to me, ‘Rise, Peter; kill and eat.’ But I said, ‘By no means, Lord; for nothing
common or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’ But the voice answered a second
time from heaven, ‘What God has made clean, do not call common.’ This happened
three times, and all was drawn up again into heaven. And behold, at that very
moment three men arrived at the house in which we were, sent to me from
Caesarea. And the Spirit told me to go with them, making no distinction. These six
brothers also accompanied me, and we entered the man’s house. And he told us how
he had seen the angel stand in his house and say, ‘Send to Joppa and bring Simon
who is called Peter; he will declare to you a message by which you will be saved,
you and all your household.’ As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them just
as on us at the beginning. And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he said,
‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ If then
God gave the same gift to them as he gave to us when we believed in the Lord Jesus
Christ, who was I that I could stand in God’s way?” When they heard these things
they fell silent. And they glorified God, saying, “Then to the Gentiles also God has
granted repentance that leads to life.”
P: This is the Word of the Lord.
C: Thanks be to God.

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