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O King of all nations and keystone of the Church:

come and save man, whom you formed from the dust!

One significant challenge for the early Church was how to treat Gentile, non-Jewish converts to Christianity. It required the original apostles and early disciples to radically re-think the mission of Jesus and the Kingdom of God. The Messiah was to be a king not just for the Jewish people, but for all people. God wills salvation for everyone, not just a select few.

This can be a challenge for us to imitate today. Too often we can be tempted to exclude others. The temptation can be to think only of our own country. Or, we can be tempted to exclude those with whom we disagree. We can want to limit contact with those we view as “sinners.” But this is not the plan of God. Salvation is open to all, especially to those of us who need it most.

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