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Tag Archive for ‘hospitality’

Thursday 11 October

Galatians 3:1-5; Canticle Luke 2:29-32; Luke 11:5-13 Always Ready to Respond Most of us would perhaps be very reluctant to disturb any of our friends in the middle of the night, unless it was a matter of extreme necessity. Certainly, needing to offer hospitality to a visitor probably wouldn’t qualify as grounds for disturbing another […]

Tuesday 10 October

Jonah 3:1-10; Psalm 130: Luke 10:38-42 Our invited guests These two now famous sisters, Martha and Mary always offer us something. The distinction that Jesus makes between them both and his preference for Mary, has often created much discussion for those who are so busy helping among us. Nevertheless, Martha and Mary both teach us […]

Thursday 13 July

Genesis 44:18–21,23–29; 45:1–5; Psalm 105; Matthew 10:7–15 My mission ‘As you go, proclaim the good news’ suggests an all-embracing mission, a way of life. Jesus prepares the disciples, who are to take little with them, about how to respond to be being accepted or rejected. There is another side to mission. Travelling disciples are to […]

Tuesday 28 February

Ecclesiasticus 35:1-12; Psalm 50; Mark 10:28-31 The hundredfold There are many good reasons for us to be generous. Today’s Scriptures assure us that the Lord rewards the generous giver. Jesus speaks of the hundredfold. Ecclesiasticus says the reward will be just seven times over. But generosity, like hospitality, is an expression of love and it […]

Monday 3 November

Philippians 2:1-4; Psalm 131; Luke 14:12-14 Be Generous It can give great pleasure to be open-handed with friends and loved ones. Receiving thanks and praise for hospitality and being sure of a warm welcome in return is part of the fun. Jesus challenges us to take our big-heartedness further – to people we might overlook, […]

Thursday 10 October

Malachi 3:13-20, Ps 1, Luke 11:5-13 “Ask and it will be given to you, search and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you.” Imagine there is a door in front of you. We have a generous God who is waiting on the other side of the door to welcome you. […]

Saturday 31 August

1 Thessalonians 4:9-11, Ps.98, Matthew 25:14-30 God asks us to take responsibility for his gifts We can struggle to believe we’re gifted because we compare ourselves with others. God simply asks us to use whatever our natural or spiritual gifts are in love. He doesn’t dictate the detail but asks us to take responsibility for […]

Make Hospitality Your Special Care (Romans 12:13)

The run up to Christmas is a time to think about hospitality. It is said that hospitality is the special care of Christians. Why is this? Surely people outside Christianity can be generous hosts and hostesses? My dictionary defines hospitality as liberal entertainment of strangers or guests. What does the word liberal mean? Is it […]