People sometimes refer to the church building as God’s house and to members of the congregation as the family of God. Jews understood the temple in Jerusalem in much the same way. Despite God’s protests that God never asked anyone to build a “house of cedar” the temple became the center of their religious practice. Despite the fact that time and again God showed favor to others not among the 12 Tribes of Israel, their theology and practice leaned toward exclusivity and entitlement. Today’s readings encourage us to expand our thinking about where God dwells and about our kinship with others who aren’t part of our tribe. God promises to build an eternal and all-encompassing house; God begins building it through a surprised but willing Mary.