April 18, 2016: Monday, Fourth Week of Easter

You entered the house of the uncircumcised and ate with them. (Acts 11: 3)

            We want to hang with our friends. People who are safe, people like us. Peter was no different, and Jewish kosher laws kept him away from undesirables, from socializing and eating with Gentiles. But God gave him another vision and sent him to a Gentile house to break bread and open the Word of God with them.

            Pope Francis calls us to accompany the marginalized, the Gentiles of our day. To walk with them as equals, to share table and open hearts with them. It's difficult; our desire is usually to stay with safe people we know, people of our social class. Christ calls us to be like Peter, to find God in places we would not usually go.

Fr. Keith Branson, C.PP.S. (Kansas City)

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