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Christ's invitation to hospitality
Vs 3 "O Lord if I have found favor in your sight, do not pass by your servant”.
In the winter of 2009, there was a wedding planned in a rural town in Philadelphia. Arrangements were being done in the last 2 years and day has arrived. Guests from far and near arrived and were lodged in a hotel 20 miles away from where the ceremony and reception was supposed to take place. Unfortunately the wedding day was bombarded with a blizzard and traffic was completely blocked. People were not allowed to leave their hotel as it was dangerous. Since there was no other option other than conducting the wedding in the hotel where they were all staying, the bride and groom approached the hotel managers and sought their mercy and help. They were in despair and told the hotel authorities if they can arrange everything including the reception in their grand ball room. Seeing their dilapidated condition and out of their great hospitality within 6 hours they arranged the hall as well as a sumptuous dinner for the guests. Here the portion for our morning meditation is a very familiar passage. God along with two angels appearing to Abraham at Mamre. Abraham was sitting at the entrance of the tent in the middle of the day. Abraham who was a very rich man, we see here extending an extraordinary kindness to those men .Hospitality is a virtue for caring visitors and it was highly valued in ancient times when travelling was difficult and inns and resting places were not safe. The travellers of those times were dependent on the provisions and mercies of fellow believers. We see Abraham making a delicious dinner for them and serving it politely. The men before they left told Abraham that Sarah would have a son in the coming year and they will be witnessing that in their next trip. What is the message God gives us through this passage? How hospitable are we to cater the needs of others? How much we go out of the way to help others. Jesus has taught his disciples in his ministry “Whatever you do for these little ones, you do it for me “. Romans 12:13 it says, “Let our love be genuine”. Throw out what is evil and stick to what is good. We shall outdo another in showing honor. Love others with a brotherly affection. We are serving our Lord indirectly by serving and treating well the sick, needy and the marginalized around. Scripture also says to give freely to saints and seek to show hospitality whenever and wherever possible. Jesus said, “I have come to serve and not to be served”. Let us evaluate today how good is our attitude towards others. Are we selfish or hospitable to the needy and weary? If we need to change let it be today for that.
Lord enable us to be kind and hospitable to all that need our help. Out of the numerable blessings you have showered upon us enable us to share it with others in need. Open our eyes to see the needs of others. In Jesus name we Pray Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
“Whatever you do for these little ones you do it for Me “.
Dr Thomas Jose Staten island Mar Thoma Church. Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church
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clergyman from the 1600s. It’s been said, that hope can sometimes be the most
dangerous weapon. However, it’s sometimes the hardest weapon to carry
when you’re living with the loss of a loved one, something that almost feels
like a terrible nightmare that’ll never go away. It’s a weapon difficult
to carry when day in and day out no one seems to hear or see those tears that
are shed or silent cries that are made during a heartfelt prayer. It’s a
weapon difficult to carry as you see your loved one lying on that hospital bed.
It’s a weapon difficult to carry as you search and seek out answers to
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MA6 When Paul noticed that some were Sadducees and others
were Pharisees, he called out in the council, “Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son
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deep snow has dissolved away. White desolation has given way to increasingly
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Meeting... wash them with water. Then dress Aaron in the sacred garments,
anoint him and consecrate him so he may serve me as priest (Exodus 40: 12-13). Priesthood
among the people of God was a divine command and initiation. God wanted some
people to be separated for the special ministry among his people. God appointed
Aaron and his descendants to take up this kind of ministry among the people of
God. Priests are always separated and appointed as channels that connect God
with his people. All throughout the history of Israel, priests played an
important role in connecting people with God and to lead and guide them in the
statutes of God. But there are incidents in the Bible where the priests failed
in their duties and that led the people to go away from God. So the priests
have a special and significant ministry to perform in this world among his
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