Our Gospel reading for today is a very practical lesson on how to get along with people. Jesus knew better than anyone else that this can be a difficult thing to do. Jesus had problems with his family. Jesus had problems with his co-workers. Jesus had problems with the synagogue. In His scheme of things, the only people who got left out were those who deliberately refused to come in. With Jesus there is no such thing as an outsider.
Jesus, thank you for including me in your circle of love.