Whatever town or village you enter, search there for some worthy person and stay at their house until you leave. As you enter the home, give it your greeting. If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you.
Matthew 10 : 11 – 13
When someone knocks on your door unplanned, how do you react? Do you check the peephole in the door to see who it is before opening the door? Current circumstances do shift how we approach welcoming people to our homes. We are more cautious of who we open the door for and welcome into our homes. Even if we can’t welcome people into our homes as much as we used to, we are still called to be as Jesus terms it a “worthy person.”
Now, if you were like a disciple coming into a new town and not knowing where you were going to stay, imagine the relief you would have to have someone welcome you into their home. Think of those times when you have been welcomed into a new space and the comfort and warmth you felt from that welcome.
As the church, we are called to welcome all people. We have had to look at new ways to do this during this pandemic, but we are called to still live out the calling to welcome all just as Christ welcomed us. So, as we look at how to be the church during this new time, let us make sure to include practising welcome people to our church.
Prayer: Welcoming God, we give you thanks that you call us your beloved and you have welcomed us. May we show that same welcome to all, knowing that all are worthy of that welcome. Help us to welcome the strangers amongst us. Amen.
Action: Practise welcoming people.