Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum


Trinity Community of Love
Genesis 18:1-15   

Rev. Thomas Kurian
Vicar, MTC Oklahoma

8 Then Abraham took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree while they ate.
 
From the story of the Samaritan Man mentioned by Jesus, the moral of Hospitality is brought out in the term, “Mine is yours” and constantly it is in combat with the materialistic term, “Yours is mine”. The concept of Trinity always maintained relational harmony with the human salvation process within itself and others.  It works together in assuring a community with interconnectedness.
In the given scripture portion, Abraham as a family serves the three unknown humans with a love that surpasses all that we sometimes express. Three wonderful thoughts among many can be depicted from the text:
a. Uninvited Guests and the receptivity of the Host: In the toughest hour of the day, Abraham moves out from his comfort zone (reception desk) and finds favor in receiving them to be his part of the family. This can happen when we understand the favor received from the unaccounted and unmeasured flow of grace from Above.
b. Unconditional Love and the rejoicing in serving them: The faithful father along with his whole family that includes everything is joyfully involved in treating the uninvited guests with the best of the best. The food is prepared and the master of the house assures his presence in serving it rather than just exhibiting it.
c. Unmerited blessings and its recognition: Abraham along with his family served the best of the time and space not for blessings to be received, but the true recognition of the promises and blessings of the Almighty God that is within them. The barren Sarah is being blessed by the guests, which is unmerited and beyond measure
Our Grandparents who lived during tough times and  out of their nothingness revealed hospitality even if an enemy surpasses the door and the message that was caught by us was that, “Love was concerned with expression rather than expectation and compassion rather than calculation”. We live in a time, where remittance of love is accounted and measured even before being expressed and implemented in the community. Let us pray and build a community that serves beyond boundaries irrespective of anything so that our faith gathering may be called, “Community of Communities”


PRAYER

Ever Loving God, who having loved us loves us still, help us to hear again your word, “By this shall they know you are my disciples; that you love one another.” Turn our hostility into hospitality and our callousness into care. Through Christ, we pray. Amen.  ( Rueben P. Job and Norman Shawchuck)

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Working Together for Other’s Worthiness is Worthy Transmission