Up to this point, everything about Christmas has been about God’s chosen people. With Sunday’s readings, something has changed. For the first time, foreigners are something other than enemies.
Foreigners, Gentiles are included in God’s plan. But just what that means isn’t clear. At least not at first.
Sometimes being included is more of an afterthought. Getting to pick from whatever’s left over. Like the last slice of pizza no one else wants.
That’s not what it means to God. And the second reading spells it out.
God’s version of being included? It doesn’t involve leftovers.
More on this tomorrow.