It is very clear that the Jewish people are the chosen people of God. Yet in the Old and New testaments there are indications that the message of the God of all creation is to be offered to all nations.
The early Christians, after Jesus’ death, held that The Way of Jesus was intended for Jewish Christians but not for Gentiles, even though Jesus was open to them in his lifetime. Paul’s conversion turned all that upside down. “In former generations this mystery was not made known to humankind”.
Paul had a tough time convincing some of the apostles that Jesus and his message were to be shared with Gentiles. Eventually, Peter recognized Paul’s approach and missionary efforts to the Gentiles. Paul went out to “all nations” and the word of God spread. He took the light of Christ to everyone he met and wherever he went.
The feast of the Epiphany, the feast of “opening” our doors to others, speaks to our day. Mary opened the door of her house to the Wise Men from the East. Pope Francis opens his arms to all. The promise of a Messiah for all is fulfilled.
This Epiphany, let us advance the fulfillment of the promise by inviting and welcoming all who want to praise Jesus Christ, the Son of God.