In every nation anyone who fears God and does what is right is acceptable to him (Acts 10:35)
This reading is set when the disciples were discerning who could be part of the Church. Was it to just be Jews, as most of them were? Their answer, as we know, was a much broader, more inclusive Church. ‘Does what is right’ is a translation of a word meaning ‘justice and right relationships’ i.e. what must be done to bring God’s reign. Between that and someone who reveres God – you can’t ask much more from a person.
In our flawed humanity, we can fall short of our ideals. Our role with the young people in our care is to encourage them to aspire to ideals – while also being gentle with themselves (and those around them) when they inevitably fall short. By displaying compassion, we act in the image of God.
Have a great week!