Acts 10, 13-14
Something to read
Then he heard a voice saying, ‘Get up, Peter; kill and eat.’ 14 But Peter said, ‘By no means, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is profane or unclean.’
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Something to think about
Peter’s vision moves from a trance-like state into a shocking new phase: he is asked to do something which goes against his deepest understanding of Jewish faith and tradition, to kill and eat an unclean animal.
He reacts sharply against this – reminiscent of his gut reactions to Jesus in many gospel stories and in particular his unwillingness to hear Jesus saying that he is going to be killed .
Can you think of an equivalent for you? Are there actions or rituals which you would find hard to change? Or maybe you can think of something which you used to hold as sacred, but now see differently.
Something to do
Think about the deeply held beliefs of another person you know or of a different faith group: are there things they hold dear which you do not agree with?
What guides you in deciding whether a particular practice is of God, or not? Instead of trying to argue that they are wrong, find out more about how they might make this decision in their context – try and see it from their point of view.
In the words of an old Phil Collins song: “it’s always good to hear both sides of the story”.
Something to pray
If you have a difficult decision to take today, bring this to God in prayer, seeking his guidance. Ask him for the strength to follow the way of Jesus and for the open-mindedness to hear God’s call in new directions.
Today's contributor is the Rev James Hutchings, former Mission Resources Adviser for the Anglican Diocese of Exeter, now Team Rector at Littleham-cum-Exmouth.