The Awakening: Practicing God's Presence in Our Midst

 

Hi Everyone, I pray blessings upon you, that you are experiencing the presence of God in every moment of your days. Now is a good time to be still and let God speak in your heart.

The Spirit of Welcome

     Continuing along the line of key spiritual dispositions begun last week with our look at humility, I would, this week, like to consider hospitality.
     Hospitality is the active opening grace which we extend to family, friends and strangers, as we set out to fulfill the Lord’s great commandment to love God and our neighbors (see Matt 22:37-38). Hospitality has been a fervent practice in Christian communities from the beginning.

All the brothers and sisters send greetings. Greet one another with a holy kiss. NRS 1 Corinthians 16:20

     Hospitality has been a monastic practice for centuries based on the spiritual sense that those created in the image and likeness of God should be received as if one is receiving Jesus himself.
     Hospitality, however, has not fared in our cultures as people become more and more wary of the dangerous stranger, or even the family member or friend who may be in need. When I was young my grandmother taught me to always acknowledge and greet a person whom we passed by. This was especially true if it was an older person. Today, it seems as if eye contact is avoided at all costs. You can walk into a grocery store or even down the street in your neighborhood, and have any number of people walk right toward you without even acknowledging your existence as they pass by. This is because, as anyone who has truly welcomed another can attest, to welcome someone, truly welcome them shows a willingness to accept the inevitable cost that that accompanies our welcome.Cost of time, money, resources and/or our freedom to do something else. However, the failure to have a welcoming heart carries with it a much higher cost because, as a spiritual disposition, hospitality goes far beyond the mere reception of guests. And is, in act, less about the guest than it is about our own sense of spiritual formation and growth. Carl McColman writes;“Hospitality manifests a spiritual quality of“welcoming” that applies not only to literal reception of guests but any kind of spiritual gesture in which we welcome others into our lives(including God, whom we “welcome “ when we open our hearts to God’s guidance). Hospitality puts other people first, finds joy in relationships, and recognizes how the most simple of everyday actions-- all provide opportunities where we can meet and serve Christ in others, (see Matt. 25:31-46) and perhaps even bring the love of Christ to others as well.”In closing I would like to offer a few a few thoughts for us to ponder with regard to the development of the spiritual disposition of hospitality.Hospitably portrays a caring heart. How is a caring heart evident in your reception of others?Hospitality is a sacrificial act. What costs are you willing to incur for the sake of spiritual hospitality?How might you go beyond what is generally expected when receiving another person?How open, hospitable, is your heart to God’s guidance in your life?How open, hospitable, are you to meeting Christ in other people and receiving them as such?

 

Befriending Silence, pg. 68 

In closing I would like to offer a few a few thoughts for us to ponder with regard to the development of the spiritual disposition of hospitality.

Hospitably portrays a caring heart. How is a caring heart evident in your reception of others?

Hospitality is a sacrificial act. What costs are you willing to incur for the sake of spiritual hospitality?
How might you go beyond what is generally expected when receiving another person?

How open, hospitable, is your heart to God’s guidance in your life?

How open, hospitable, are you to meeting Christ in other people and receiving them as such?  

 

 

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