It’s raining this morning as I share this. When Jesus is teaching the New Covenant – that God loves everyone – he states, “God causes the rain to fall on the righteous and the unrighteous.” We, as 21st century Christians, may think that means bad stuff happens to good as well as not-so-good people. Like “rain on my parade…”

But to Jesus’s listeners it meant the opposite. Rain was a blessing! In a very dry, almost desert country, if the spring and fall rains didn’t come, people would go hungry. God loves the lovable and the unlovable – and asks us to do the same.