To be empowered and inspired in our Christian lives, we must identify with the name of Jesus. John Chrysostom (347-407), the bishop of Constantinople, acknowledged this in his Homily 4 on the gospel of Matthew. He preached on God's empowerment of Joseph as he participated in the nativity. Chrysostom wrote that God said to Joseph. "You never touched the virgin. Nevertheless I am giving you what pertains to a father. I give you the honor of giving a name to the one who is to be born. For you, Joseph, shall name him." The name given to the child of Mary was Jesus.
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The bride-to-be was obviously nervous. It was only the rehearsal, but already the pastor could see that tomorrow’s wedding might be in for problems.
“You’re letting it all get to you,” he told her gently, as he pulled her aside. “Just take it one little step at a time. When you get to the door with your father tomorrow afternoon, look only at the aisle ahead of you. You’ve walked it hundreds of times, every Sunday when you come to church. Think only of that.
This story about Peter's mission to the Gentiles continues the account that began in 10:1, and it repeats in greater detail the content of Peter's vision that was already mentioned in 10:9-16. It is a remarkable story, because it treats rather lightly a dispute that was widespread in the New Testament church, the dispute over conditions to be laid upon Gentile converts to the faith.