11 1-3 The news traveled fast and in no time the leaders and friends back in Jerusalem heard about it—heard that the non-Jewish “outsiders” were now “in.” When Peter got back to Jerusalem, some of his old associates, concerned about circumcision, called him on the carpet: “What do you think you’re doing rubbing shoulders with that crowd, eating what is prohibited and ruining our good name?”
Fear. That’s what I hear in these verses. Fear of having their “good name” ruined. Fear of something different than what they have always believed, fear of letting the outsiders in and fear of change and the unknown. Fear makes us do crazy things, even in the name of the Lord. We need to learn to not let fear have its way with us. We need instead, to trust in our Lord and follow his lead of loving.
Help us to turn our fear over to you as we live in love. Amen.
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