Don’t be a stranger. How often have you heard this said? Usually, it is a good thing to hear because it often comes from a loved one or friend. It is a sign that we are loved. Today’s reading says something similar about our relationship with God. God says to us, “Don’t be a stranger.” God so much wants us to know how much we are loved.
To that end, we are lovingly reminded today that we are not strangers to God. We are not foreign to the opportunity to grow in our relationship with Jesus. This is open to us because we are both called by God and supported by his church.