As the time approached when Jesus was to be taken up into heaven, he determined to go to Jerusalem. He sent messengers on ahead of him. Along the way, they entered a Samaritan village to prepare for his arrival, but the Samaritan villagers refused to welcome him because he was determined to go to Jerusalem. When the disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to consume them?” But Jesus turned and spoke sternly to them, and they went on to another village. As Jesus and his disciples traveled along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and the birds in the sky have nests, but the Human One has no place to lay his head.”
Food For Thought:
The biblical mandate to welcome the stranger comes with the promise that we may be blessed by unexpected grace. This belief was common to both ancient pagan and biblical societies. Hospitality to strangers may lead not only to “entertaining angels without knowing it” but also to encountering the Divine itself in disguise…Biblically rooted people have more reason than many to show hospitality to the stranger. We can never tell when the strange person, idea, or custom is grace presenting itself to us as one small part of God’s project of weaving the world together in love. -Robert Corin Morris, “Fear or Fascination?” Weavings
God, open my heart to the stranger. Open my hands to reach out. Open my mind to accept. Open my ears to listen and my eyes to see. Open me to see glimpses of you in new people, new experiences, new ideas. And help me approach all new experiences with love and hospitality. Amen.