Mission as Hospitality

June 1, 2011

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.  (Hebrews 13:2)

Jesus came into the world seeking hospitality. Those who welcomed Him discovered quickly that he was the host offering them an experience of God’s boundless hospitality. To share in the mission of Jesus means inviting people to sit as brothers and sisters at God’s table where no one is excluded.

Christian hospitality means offering people space where they can discover that they are loved unconditionally by God and are valued with their personal, cultural and religious differences. Hospitality provides the opportunity for people to find their God, respond to their own calling and live out of their best selves. Every time we celebrate the Eucharist together we respond to Jesus’ invitation to experience the ongoing hospitality of God. But we also hear the call to be channels of God’s hospitality by building open, hospitable communities, where the marginalized and excluded ones in our world find a special welcome.

Excerpted from Reflecting on Mission, St. Columban’s, www.columban.co.uk