When Peter entered, Cornelius met him
and, falling at his feet, paid him homage.
Peter, however, raised him up, saying,
“Get up. I myself am also a human being.”
Then Peter proceeded to speak and said,
“In truth, I see that God shows no partiality.
Rather, in every nation whoever fears him and acts uprightly
is acceptable to him.” –Acts 10:25-26
Let’s get up and be together; we are all human beings.
We are the people of God. Really, all people are God’s people and God loves everyone the same. Not one nation is better than any other. Not one person is better than any other. We are all called to do what is right and we work to please our God.
What sort of action does it take to be a “nation who fears God and acts uprightly?”
What actions show our reverence for God? What actions say that we revere how Jesus is living in the dignity of all humanity?
Jesus made it pretty clear how we are are to act:
Jesus said to his disciples:
“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you
and your joy might be complete.
This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.
No one has greater love than this,
to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
You are my friends if you do what I command you.
I no longer call you slaves,
because a slave does not know what his master is doing.
I have called you friends,
because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father.
It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you
and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain,
so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.
This I command you: love one another.”. –John 15:9-17
Is there a nation that is ready and willing to be a true friend, one who is ready and willing to lay down their lives the other?
I am aware that many soldiers are willing to lay down their lives for their own nations. But are there people who are willing to lay down their lives for others, for another nation? Who are being true, loving friends in the national ways of being?
In 10 days the NATO Summit begins in Chicago. I am excited that I am here for this historic event as people shall try to confront the powers whose acts are in complete contrast to what is acceptable to God.
I am not sure how I will participate in the actions of the Summit. I feel compelled to say with my love- with my living- that I truly believe that no nation should ever behave as if they are better than another. After all, we are all human beings and we all deserve to be treated that way. Presently, I am contemplating what God is calling me to. I know, however, that I want to be a friend to people in other nations. I want to behave in ways that are truly acceptable to God. I want to say with all that am that I love my neighbors everywhere and the only power that I really fear is God’s infinite power.
Thanks be to God for those who live the Truth with their way of love. Thanks be to God for those who inspire me to really love my neighbor and be part of a nation who is willing to lay down its life for other nations. Creative non-violence says “I’ll live simply so you may live” & “I’ll dialogue with you so we may both be free.” Alleluia, amen, by the witness of great peacemakers, I am learning! May we all behave non-violently, in ways that are rightly acceptable to the true, holy Power.
Thanks be to God! Amen!