St. Peter’s Vision at Joppa

6 April 08 | Posted in Bible, Saints

 Was a vision of nature responsible for the conversion of the Gentiles?

 Acts 11:1-18 – the Reading for Monday, April 14.

The Apostles and the brothers who were in Judea heard the Gentiles too had accepted the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalem the circumcised believers confronted him saying, “You entered the house of uncircumcised people and ate with them.”

Peter began and explained it to them step by step, saying, “I was at prayer in the city of Joppa when in a trance I had a vision, something resembling a large sheet coming down, lowered from the sky by its four corners, and it came to me. Looking intently into it, I observed and saw the four-legged animals of the earth, the wild beasts, the reptiles, and the birds of the sky.”

“I also heard a voice say to me, ‘Get up, Peter. Slaughter and eat.’ But I said, ‘Certainly not, sir, because nothing profane or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’

“But a second time a voice from heaven answered, ‘What God has made clean, you are not to call profane.'”st-peter-1.BMP

Walk on Water

23 February 08 | Posted in Bible

The miracles of Jesus can be categorized into four types: healings, exorcisms, the ability to bring people back from the dead, and power over nature.

Miracles involving power over nature are attested to by several of the gospels, most notably Mark, Matthew and John.  Some of these include the withering of a fig tree outside the gates of Jerusalem, the calming of a storm, turning water into wine, and probably the most famous, walking on water.

In a miracle described by Mark, Matthew and John, Jesus walks out onto a lake in order to greet a boat containing the disciples. According to Matthew, following Jesus’ example Peter is also able to walk on water. walk-on-water.jpg