1Now the apostles and the brethren who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God.2So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcision party criticized him,3saying, "Why did you go to uncircumcised men and eat with them?"4But Peter began and explained to them in order:5"I was in the city of Joppa praying; and in a trance I saw a vision, something descending, like a great sheet, let down from heaven by four corners; and it came down to me.6Looking at it closely I observed animals and beasts of prey and reptiles and birds of the air.7And I heard a voice saying to me, `Rise, Peter; kill and eat.'8But I said, `No, Lord; for nothing common or unclean has ever entered my mouth.'9But the voice answered a second time from heaven, `What God has cleansed you must not call common.'10This happened three times, and all was drawn up again into heaven.11At that very moment three men arrived at the house in which we were, sent to me from Caesare'a.12And the Spirit told me to go with them, making no distinction. These six brethren also accompanied me, and we entered the man's house.13And he told us how he had seen the angel standing in his house and saying, `Send to Joppa and bring Simon called Peter;14he will declare to you a message by which you will be saved, you and all your household.'15As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them just as on us at the beginning.16And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he said, `John baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.'17If then God gave the same gift to them as he gave to us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could withstand God?"18When they heard this they were silenced. And they glorified God, saying, "Then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance unto life."
Psalms 42:2-3; 43:3-4
421As a hart longs for flowing streams, so longs my soul for thee, O God.2My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and behold the face of God?433Oh send out thy light and thy truth; let them lead me, let them bring me to thy holy hill and to thy dwelling!4Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy; and I will praise thee with the lyre, O God, my God.
1"Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber;2but he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.3To him the gatekeeper opens; the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.4When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.5A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers."6This figure Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.7So Jesus again said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.8All who came before me are thieves and robbers; but the sheep did not heed them.9I am the door; if any one enters by me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.10The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.