Our gospel for today gives us Jesus' final words from his Sermon on the Mount in
Matthew 5, 6, and 7. Jesus has told us how he wants us to live as his followers, and he
concludes by saying, "Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them
will be like a wise man who built his house on rock" (7:24).
New Testament scholar, Marcus Borg, in his new book Jesus: Uncovering the Life,
Teachings, and Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary, points out that in the
original New Testament writings, "believing does not mean believing in doctrines about
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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.