Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them; those who are being tortured, as though you yourselves were being tortured. Let marriage be held in honor by all, and let the marriage bed be kept undefiled; for God will judge fornicators and adulterers.
Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have; for he has said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can anyone do to me?” Remember your leaders, those who spoke the word of God to you; consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
As someone working in ministry at a retreat house, the beginning of today’s first reading jumps out at me: “do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.” Hospitality is clearly one of our core values here at Bellarmine. We welcome those who come here on retreat and do all we can to make sure that they feel taken care of and can experience the love of God.
We are all called to the ministry of hospitality regardless of the work we do or our state in life. Every single person we come in contact with is a child of God, and that fact alone means they deserve our care and respect. I don’t remember this often enough, and sometimes find myself becoming short-tempered or annoyed with people around me. This reading today is a good reminder to stop and really look for the presence of Christ in everyone I meet.
What angels have you entertained – or not – lately?
—Mandy Dillon is a Retreat Coordinator at Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House in Barrington, IL.
each person I encounter is one of your children.
Help me to always remember that
and to do my best to give them the love and respect they deserve.
In this way I can make my own small contribution
to building up your kingdom here and now.
Please share the Good Word with your friends!