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First Reading for the 6th Sunday of Easter Year B

Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48

Summary: Peter realized God's impartiality and while he spoke, the Holy Spirit filled everyone present, Jew and Gentile alike. Amazed, Peter baptized the Gentiles, affirming their reception of the Spirit.

Holy Spirit Unites All

When Peter entered, Cornelius met him and, falling at his feet, paid him homage. Peter, however, raised him up, saying, “Get up. I myself am also a human being.”

Then Peter proceeded to speak and said, “In truth, I see that God shows no partiality. Rather, in every nation whoever fears him and acts uprightly is acceptable to him.”

While Peter was still speaking these things, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who were listening to the word. The circumcised believers who had accompanied Peter were astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit should have been poured out on the Gentiles also, for they could hear them speaking in tongues and glorifying God.

Then Peter responded, “Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit even as we have?” He ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.

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