Focus on Scripture Friday (vol 9)
6th Sunday of Easter
Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48
 And it came to pass, that when Peter was come in, Cornelius came to meet him, and falling at his feet adored.
 But Peter lifted him up, saying: Arise, I myself also am a man.
 And Peter opening his mouth, said: In very deed I perceive, that God is not a respecter of persons.  But in every nation, he that feareth him, and worketh justice, is acceptable to him.
 In every nation: That is to say, not only Jews, but Gentiles also, of what nation soever, are acceptable to God, if they fear him and work justice. But then true faith is always to be presupposed, without which (saith St. Paul, Heb. 11. 6) it is impossible to please God. Beware then of the error of those, who would infer from this passage, that men of all religions may be pleasing to God. For since none but the true religion can be from God, all other religions must be from the father of lies, and therefore highly displeasing to the God of truth.
 While Peter was yet speaking these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them that heard the word.  And the faithful of the circumcision, who came with Peter, were astonished, for that the grace of the Holy Ghost was poured out upon the Gentiles also.
 For they heard them speaking with tongues, and magnifying God.  Then Peter answered: Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, who have received the Holy Ghost, as well as we?  And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Then they desired him to tarry with them some days.
1 John 4:7-10
 Dearly beloved, let us love one another, for charity is of God. And every one that loveth, is born of God, and knoweth God.  He that loveth not, knoweth not God: for God is charity.  By this hath the charity of God appeared towards us, because God hath sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we may live by him.  In this is charity: not as though we had loved God, but because he hath first loved us, and sent his Son to be a propitiation for our sins.
 As the Father hath loved me, I also have loved you. Abide in my love.  If you keep my commandments, you shall abide in my love; as I also have kept my Father’s commandments, and do abide in his love.
 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and your joy may be filled.  This is my commandment, that you love one another, as I have loved you.  Greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends.  You are my friends, if you do the things that I command you.  I will not now call you servants: for the servant knoweth not what his lord doth. But I have called you friends: because all things whatsoever I have heard of my Father, I have made known to you.
 You have not chosen me: but I have chosen you; and have appointed you, that you should go, and should bring forth fruit; and your fruit should remain: that whatsoever you shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.  These things I command you, that you love one another.