An unexpected mantle of mercy

An unexpected mantle of mercy

Any time I meditate on a Scripture passage involving the apostle Peter, I can really relate to Peter’s humanity. The Bible does not hide his doubts, struggles, audacity, or defects. We see all these things emerging in a surprising encounter with God’s grace and mercy that is described in Acts Chapter 10. Let us open our hearts to receive this Word of God: Peter went up to the roof terrace to pray at about noontime. He was hungry and wished to eat, and while they were making preparations he fell into a trance. He saw heaven opened and something resembling a large sheet coming down, lowered to the ground by its four corners. In it were all the earth’s four-legged animals and reptiles and the birds of the sky. A voice said to him, “Get up, Peter. Slaughter, and...