Most likely you’ll recall this experience where you were a little child. Let’s say you received a toy that later you didn’t want to play with. Your mom or dad says, “Well, if you don’t want it, I’ll give it to the child down the street who will love to have it.” If this happened, did you recall getting very interested in the toy once again?
Verse 11 is Paul’s way of saying something similar with respect to the Jews: “Salvation has come to the Gentiles, so as to make Israel jealous.”
Don’t brag about the gifts God has given you; instead welcome them. Allow your expressions of wonder and praise for God to increase until your whole being is living the final verse of the reading: “All things are from God and through God and for God. May the glory be to God forever. Amen.”
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the Book of Acts, and the Book of Revelation.
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