In the background of today’s gospel lesson are words from a song of Moses found in Deuteronomy, which “Moses spoke . . . in the ears of all the assembly of Israel.I He said to the assembly, “You were unmindful of the Rock that begot you, and you forgot the God who gave you birth.” Into the world of the descendants of that assembly of Israel, the Word of God was made flesh. Salvation no longer belonged to the old covenant but is the gift to all who believe and become children of God, to all who are born from above by the Spirit.