Hospitality: Homily for Friday, February 3, 2017

Hospitality: Homily for Friday, February 3, 2017

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Readings for Today

Hospitality.  I was struck today with this line in the letter to the Hebrews: “Do not neglect hospitality,
for through it some have unknowingly entertained angels.” Have I ever entertained angels?  Or, is it the case I missed an angel because I was not hospitable? Did I miss an angel because I was not ready for God?  Did I miss an angel because I missed out on a key encounter because I was not watchful in prayer?

The letter to the Hebrews stresses the importance of right relationships.  Right relationships are not, and cannot be simply about those people we like.  God wants us to be hospitable.  God wants us to care for prisoners.  God wants marriages to reflect that holiness intended from the beginning.  God wants me to be generous.

These are interesting challenges.  It can be quite difficult to be hospitable.  People in need of hospitality come at inconvenient times.  We may not always know those people who desire hospitality.  We may not always be aware of God in them.  We may be afraid of them.  We may be concerned that if I am hospitable to them, I may be taken away from my family, and the cares of those with whom I live.

How is it even possible to follow these ideas? It is important to remember the first part of this letter.  It is possible because of God through whom all things are possible.  If the Lord is my helper, how can anyone harm me? How can I ever be in need?  How is it I will be alone?  Jesus has won the victory, and in His name I can do all because he strengthens me.  So trust.  Love.  Be generous.  For the Lord Jesus expects this of you.

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