While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles, for they heard them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter said, “Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” So he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they invited him to stay for several days.
Food For Thought:
Baptism is the theme that emerges from this passage of Scripture. In baptism, we are reminded that God’s grace covers us from our birth and continues with us until our death. How do you see God’s grace at work in the world? How do you see God’s grace at work in your own life and in the lives of others?
Open our minds to understand the scriptures, O God, so that when sin cripples our hope, we may discover the freedom of your forgiveness; when suffering and death overtake our lives, we may know the joy of the risen Christ; and when we feel abandoned, we may comprehend the power of the promised Spirit, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.