Friday, 22 February 2013

Friday - hospitality

Prayer:  Diviner Healer,  move through every part of our body and our mind dissolving all feelings, thoughts, frustrations.  Sweep away all impatience,  struggle and suffering that reside in our soul.   With Your Great Love,  turn our frustrations into inspiration and enthusiastic action.   Help to steer us in the direction where our actions will be actualized to Your Glory.  Amen. 

Read St. Luke 9: 1 – 9

Jesus sends the twelve Disciples to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.
Jesus gives the Disciples very specific instructions:
1.  take nothing for the journey
2.  whatever house you enter,  stay there until you leave that town
3.  if people do not welcome you,  shake the dust off your feet when you leave their town
as a testimony against them.

The important part of these verses is the Disciples were instructed to go and preach the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick.   They were to take what Jesus had taught them and share with those who did not know about God.     

Yet,  in our life today  we get stuck at the first instruction…..take nothing for the journey.  Take nothing for the journey?     In this day and age when we move,  we take our furniture and all our treasures and books and clothes and so much more.   So why did Jesus tell the disciples to not take anything for the journey?   Probably for two reasons.  If one was travelling with a bag of money and two garments,  they were at risk for robbers.   Second reason was for hospitality.    If people in a certain city would  invite you into their homes freely,  such people who would provide hospitality would be far more open to hearing the Good News.   

Today ponder what “hospitality” means to you.  How can you the hospitality of Christ with others?  How does your Church show the community the hospitality of Christ?

Prayer:   Divine Healer,  embrace us with Your radiant love.  Allow us to move in the direction of our lives that give You glory and praise.    Help us to recognize and celebrate all the wonderful things we have accomplished in our lives and with all the amazing people we have connected.    Help us to share Your hospitality continually each and every day.    We are truly blessed.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

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