Hospitality

Yesterday’s meditation was, once again, from Theodoros the Ascetic.  Amazing how often hospitality came into play for people who lived in caved carved out of mountain sides.

The patriarch Abraham

undertook the labor of hospitality

and sat by his tent door welcoming passersby [Gen. 18:1]

and his table was open to all comers,

even to the uncouth and unworthy

for he set no limitations.

This was why he was counted worthy

to be present at that most wondrous feast

when he entertained angels and the Master of All.

We too should love to practice openhearted hospitality

so as to welcome not only angels

but even the Lord himself as our guests,

for it was the Lord who told us:

“Insofar as you did it to one of the least of these

you did it to me.” [Matt. 25:40]

How good it is to be kind to all,

especially to those who are unable to repay you.

Two verses stood out as aligned with this mediation.  First, Hebrews 13:1-4 (The Message)

Stay on good terms with each other, held together by love. Be ready with a meal or a bed when it’s needed.  Why, some have extended hospitality to angels without knowing it. Regard prisoners as if you were in prison with them.  Look on victims of abuse as if what happened to them had happened to you.

And, in Isaiah, when the prophet sees the coming messianic age.

But here on this mountain, God will

throw a feast for ALL the people of the world,

A feast of the finest foods, a feast with vintage wines,

a feast of seven courses, a feast with lavish gourmet desserts.

And here on this mountain, God will banish

the pall doom darkening all nations.

Yes, he’ll banish death FOREVER.

And God will wipe the tears from every face,

He’ll remove every sign of disgrace

from his people, wherever they are.

Yes! God says so!

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