Genesis 18:1-15 & Matthew 8:5-17
Even those closest can be strangers to us, until we welcome them, as Abraham did the angels under the oaks of Mamre. Abraham first ‘looked up’ and noticed the visitors, then approached them and greeted them with dignity and honor. He offered water for their cleansing & refreshment along their journey and then gave them a snack and later prepared a choice meal that allowed him to visit with them while they ate. The result of Abraham’s hospitality was that he received the word of the Lord regarding the imminent birth of his son, Isaac. What strangers are standing around in my life? What word from the Lord will result from my hospitality to them? Holy Spirit, help me generously welcome strangers.
It is a question of fair balance between your present abundance and their need, so that their abundance may be for your need. (2 Corinthians 8: 13,14)
Soli ad gloriam dei
Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.