Posted by Rev. Jon Dunbar

Hello friends in Christ! The readings for this Sunday are Psalm 67; Isaiah 56:1,6-8; Romans 11:1-2a,13-15,28-32; Matthew 15:21-28.

Your life is made up of circles. You have your family circle, your friendship circle, your work circle, etc. These circles come in different sizes depending on who you are and what you like. Small circles can be great because they tend to create closer and stronger bonds. But the danger of smaller circles is that they can also become clique-ish and exclusive. All four readings are, in their own ways, expressions of God’s plan to widen His family circle. A Canaanite woman believes that Jesus can be her Savior too (Mt. 15). Isaiah prophesies a harvest of faith from all nations (Is. 56). But this doesn’t mean He’s forgotten the Jewish people; He wants to include them too (Rom 11)!

Think of someone you know who’s currently living outside the circle of God’s family. What’s one way you could let them know that the circle is big enough to include them?