Why People Don't Believe Them and What You Can Do About It, Cycle A
My mother's people, the Longs of Longfield House, County Tipperary, came from Ireland to southwest Wisconsin after the great potato famine in the 1840s. Over a period of five years, a fungus known as the black rot destroyed the potato crop that 75% of Irish farmers depended on for their livelihoods. More than a million people died of starvation and disease. About 30% of the population, nearly three million people, left Ireland to seek a life elsewhere. Most of them, like my great-great-great-grandfather, came to the United States where land was plentiful.
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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.