The Lord begins the spread of the Gospel to the Gentiles. He does this by commanding Cornelius, an Italian Centurion living in Caesarea, to find Peter and hear the Gospel from him.
- Cornelius was both a Gentile and a Centurion, therefore belonging to class doubly hated by the Jews because of his uncircumcision and his service to the occupying Roman Empire. However, God had already been at work in his life, and he was a God-fearing man according to the Jewish tradition but had yet to hear the Gospel.
- God sent an Angel to Cornelius, telling him to find Peter. God is preparing Cornelius for conversion.
- Cornelius responds by sending three God-fearing servants to seek out Peter and bring him to Caesarea.
We are encouraged that, in the mystery of the Gospel, salvation was offered to Gentiles as well as to Jews. This is an incentive to us to witness to all people, no matter what their background, since God works salvation in all He has chosen.