The first lesson contains the words of a prophet speaking to Israel’s restoration after their decimation, deportations and exile. We read it affirming God’s fidelity past and present, without erasing or negating the original cultural context. The psalm is a riot of praise for all of God’s works. (Year W was not initially conceived of with liturgical churches that do not say “hallelujah.)” For Paul, one of God’s mighty acts is the inclusion of Gentiles in the ark of salvation which he uses to address nascent anti-Judaism in the early church. The gospel offers different models for the breadth and scope of the home God offers all within the embrace of her love.
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