In the 2nd reading today Peter says: “In truth, I see that God shows no partiality. Rather, in every nation that fears him and acts uprightly is acceptable to him.” Peter goes on to say that God “proclaimed peace through Jesus Christ.”
We live in a very multi-cultural, multi-religious society. It still amazes me the amount of prejudice and downright meanness that exists. You would think after 2000 years of “God shows no partiality” it would sink in. But while God does not show partiality, we do. It is an unfortunate reality. Let us pray for more understanding and tolerance.
As we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord we ought to recall our own baptism. As baptized members of the Catholic Church, that is the Universal Church, ours is a Church of every nationality possible. All are included. We are also all sinners and so need help, need God and need guidance. May words from the Gospel guide us to better realize that we are brothers and sisters, for God says to each of us baptized into the Church: “This is my beloved son (or daughter).” May He also be well pleased with each of us as we try our best to follow Him and show no partiality. Peace.