In this week’s gospel text, Jesus slips away from his parents and their traveling party as they prepare to return home from the Passover festival. Any parent who’s been separated from their child in a busy mall for even a few minutes can relate to Joseph and Mary’s dread about what might have happened to him -- as Mary says to Jesus once he is finally located: “Child, why have you treated us like this? Look, your father and I have been searching for you in great anxiety” (Luke 2:48b).
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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.