? HOSPITALITY IS THE HALLMARK OF CHRISTIANITY
REFLECTIONS ON THE READINGS ON THE 13TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR (A) 2ND JULY, 2017.
?2 kgs 4:8-11.14-16a, Ps 89, Rom 6:3-4.8-11, Gosp Mt 10:37-42.
✍? FR. OGECHUKWU OKPULU.
We thank God for bringing us to the second half of the year. We thank him for His love thus far in our lives and we pray that this second part of the year will be better than the first, through Christ our Lord. Amen
Everyone wants to be accepted and welcome whenever he or she visits a strange land. We wish and want people to be hospitable towards us, to welcome us to their homes, show us some kindness and make us comfortable.
Our readings today, especially the first and Gospel readings, stress on the importance of hospitality in the life of God’s children and the reward that goes with it.
Hospitality is a virtue. Hospitality has become a very difficult issue in our time and different from what it was in the old days where there was some level of trust when nobody locked their doors. Is so painful that those lovely days are gone. Today is a day of big padlocks, bolts, alarm systems, dogs etc., yet there is more need than ever for hospitality.
When we look around us today we see a lot of displaced people and strangers who need our help. Jesus tells us today to welcome and be hospitable to them. Being hospitable doesn’t mean making them like us, but accepting them as they are.
Whenever we welcome or show hospitality to God’s messengers or strangers , we welcome Jesus to our home and God blesses us. In the first reading the Shunem woman welcomed prophet Elisha to her home and she was blessed with a child.
Beloved let’s be hospitable and be generous to people especially those who have devoted large part of their time working for God, those involved in teaching catechism, catechist , cleaners etc. We need to appreciate the work they are doing no matter how little and God we surely bless us, thus He says, ” and whoever gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he shall not lose his reward “(Mat 10:42).
Finally, we humbly pray for the grace to be more hospitable and generous to people especially those in need and those propagating the good news.
GOD BLESS U.