Hospitality: 1. a spiritual gift. 2. the act of making room, making ready, and being available for the needs of others. 3. the spiritual practice that calls the disciple to see Christ in the other.
For Jesus and those who follow him, hospitality is a daily practice that transforms and opens the heart. Once Jesus’ first disciples got over the shock of preparing a quick meal for 5,000, they discovered that hospitality meant more than being warm and friendly. Hospitality changes our hearts and guides our actions so that we are available to meet the needs of others.
This message was adapted from the Hospitality: More Than Warm and Friendly resource written by Valora K Starr and available for download in English and Spanish. Today we remember Bartolomé de Las Casas, missionary to the Indies, who died in 1566.
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