Matthew 10: 40-42
“Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous; and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple—truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.”
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These words stand right next to the ones about those who lose their lives will find it. We tend to fast forward the definition of "losing life" to what happened to Jesus on the cross, to death itself. Let's back up a little and take this Gospel road one baby step at a time. Hospitality is a baby step toward this kind of life-losing that Jesus is talking about. To extend an open hand, the smallest gesture of assistance, a cup of cold water is time, resources, energy not spent on ourselves but emptying ourselves for the sake of another. We are cajoled into the baby steps of discipleship by considering anyone in need as Christ himself. If Christ needed shelter, or food, or clothes, or protection, or a cup of cold water, would we not offer it? We have the capability to walk this Gospel road. It does involve a little dying. We can't avoid our dying day, but we can help someone else to live better in this one.
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Lord, may I see clearly the one who could thrive with a piece of me today. Amen.
Deb Grant, resilient child of God, creative tinker of paper, ink, wood, shiny things, paint and words. The human amusement of a parrot and a dog.
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