Readings: Gen 18:1-10a. Col 1:24-28. Lk 10:38-42
Growing up, most of us learnt that hospitality is rewarding. This is in line with the principle that what you give out returns to you multiplied. Welcoming others and caring for their genuine needs will bring multiple blessings to the host- some even unexpected and others unnoticed. Hospitality to those who can’t repay it themselves will be rewarded by God.
One element that may not have been emphasised enough in this learning is that true hospitality requires attentive presence. It’s not just a question of fretting to “please” the guest, or laying great food on the table. Giving of oneself through conscious listening and attentive presence is a very effective and therapeutic way of expressing love. This applies whether it’s a relationship between “unequals,” spouses, parents and children, teachers and learners, friends, or family members.
May Jesus Christ grant us the grace to be truly present to others and their needs.
And may Almighty God bless you, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.