hospitality

The Church is the Inn

Christmas Mass at St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City

On Tuesday we will mark one of the greatest scandals in history: there was no room in the inn. Not only did people turn their back on a woman about to give birth, but, without knowing, refused hospitality to the long-awaited Messiah. The Son of God made Man came to His own people, as St. John would write, but they […]

Ungrudging Hospitality

A few weeks ago, a friend reached out to me because she and her mother were looking for a place to stay while in my city for a week-long training. I offered to host them, since I had the space to offer and I was happy to have the chance to catch up. As I was preparing their bedroom, making […]

Encountering the Word – Romans 12:13-17

The Good Samaritan by Eugene Delacroix

Contribute to the needs of the holy ones, exercise hospitality. Bless those who persecute (you),  bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Have the same regard for one another; do not be haughty but associate with the lowly; do not be wise in your own estimation. Do not repay anyone evil […]

Lessons on Hospitality From St. Martha

We all know the familiar story related in a recent Sunday Gospel reading (Luke 10: 38-42):  Jesus is visiting His good friends, Martha and Mary.  Martha is busy in the kitchen and resents the fact that her sister, Mary, is sitting at Jesus’ feet, hanging on every word.  Yet instead of quietly asking her sister for help, Martha marches into […]