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Weekly Devotional

Lent III

Reflection by Liz Garrigan-Byerly

Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the Glory of God. 

 

From our Common Conversations’ prompt “Radical Hospitality Is…”

  • A way of life
  • Catholic Worker Movement
  • Taking the next step after the RSVP
  • Transformational
  • Jesus saying: “Hey, outcasts/sinners/everyone, ya’ll come! You are welcome at this table! You are loved!”
  • Not always popular
  • More than a friendly handshake at the door
  • Full of surprises
  • Life-giving

Robert Schnase, a United Methodist Bishop, names radical hospitality as one of the five practices of fruitful congregations. He write: “Radical means ‘arising from the source’ and describes practices that are rooted in the life of Christ and that radiate into the lives of others. Radical means “drastically different from ordinary practice, outside the normal,’ and so provokes practices that exceed expectations, that go the second mile, that take welcoming the stranger to the max” (Five Practices of a Fruitful Congregation, p. 21). When have you experienced radical hospitality?

O God, my God, I seek you, my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.  ~Psalm 63:1-3

Life-giving God, thank you for inviting us to the great banquet of your love. Continue to challenge us to share all that we have and all that we are. Amen.

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