Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. (Hebrews 13 1-2)
Hospitality is one of the sectors that has suffered the most during this pandemic. Hospitality was a highly valued act in the time of Jesus and after, especially among the newly formed Christians. Welcoming the stranger is how we show what it means to love. Welcoming the stranger means giving them a place to sleep & providing food. Christian communities continue this hospitality today; monasteries, convents, communities, even churches are open to welcoming the stranger through offering sanctuary to pilgrims - showing them that Christ means love. What a wonderful feeling it will be when we feel safe and able to fling open our doors and welcome people into our homes and offer hospitality again, not only to our nearest and dearest but to those unknown to us - because you never know who you might be entertaining.
Lyn Hayes, ALM