Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.” vs. 40Matthew 10:40-42
When Jesus sent out his disciples to expand his ministry to the towns and villages of Galilee, he warned them that there would be suffering involved. But he also let them know that there would be blessings for those who welcomed them. Through them, people would experience the Divine Presence; through them they would be welcoming Jesus. Those encounters still take place. Those who make welcoming a part of their hospitality practice often report that they regularly run into Jesus. He appears out of nowhere, often as a stranger, and when they offer a greeting, a cup of cold water, or a smile, the response touches their heart. It’s one of the rewards that comes when the Christ in us breaks through barriers and connects with the Christ in the other. Sometimes we forget the power we have in ourselves to brighten the lives of others. We forget that we are the unconditional love of God in the flesh, and that in us hurting people can be lifted up and even find healing. It’s not something to be arrogant about, not at all–unconditional love is only found in the presence of deep humility. But still, it’s invigorating to know that through us others are meeting Jesus. In fact, it often may cause us to change our behaviors! In Christ, we will always want to put our best face forward.
Thought for the Day: How does it feel to know that you are the incarnation of Christ?