True Hospitality

Church News | Sunday, 17 July 2022 |

By Joan

We need spiritual food also.

We need spiritual food also.

At our Morning Eucharist our three readings centred around true hospitality and its rewards. In the Old Testament reading we hear of Abraham bowing low whilst welcoming three men with the best food and drink he and his elderly wife Sarah could provide. So grateful were the men that one of them predicted that Abraham’s wife would bear him a son, and in due course she did. In Paul’s letter to the Colossians, he tells them that he became a true servant of the gospel and that he was chosen for a purpose which was to bless and be a blessing to others. And finally, we heard the story of Martha and Mary. Martha was so busy preparing food for Jesus and his disciples that she complained to Jesus about her ‘idle’ sister Mary who was seated at the saviour’s feet. In her sermon, Revd Dawn pointed out that we are not expected to dismiss the work of preparing comfort, food and drink for others, as being hospitable and caring is truly rewarding work for ones’ loved ones, visitors and strangers, but just as we give others physical food, Jesus gives us spiritual food, which is true hospitality indeed…

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