Friday, February 4, 2011


When we think of hospitality we often think of the invited guest. The biblical notion goes far beyond that. The perfect model is traced back to Abram and Sarah. According to the ancient law , the host would go out to meet the stranger on his way, and would ask no questions as to his name and condition until his first needs had been satisfied (Gen. xxiv. 33). While the guest was in the home, they were to be protected and treated as a member of the family.

Let brotherly love continue.Do not neglect hospitality, for through it some have unknowingly entertained angels.

As economic stresses cause all of us to draw in and become more focused on self, can we hold this ideal in our hearts as we debate the great issues of poverty, homelessness, and immigration, just to name a few.