In his practice of hospitality, Jesus did not conform to his society’s cultural norms. In addition to dining with Pharisees, Jesus often ate with “sinners and tax collectors” (see Luke 5:30). Breaking through the social barriers that divided insiders from outsiders, Jesus shared table fellowship with those who were marginalized and considered outcasts. Can we, too, “see” those who are wondering, “Would I really be welcome here?” Can we affirm them and join with them in their ministries of hospitality and service?
Christ Jesus, you welcomed the outsiders and ate with those who were outcasts. Draw us into your circle of love and forgiveness. Teach us to welcome everyone into the community you have created. Amen.
This message is an excerpt from the devotional “All are welcome” by Julie Kanarr in the May 2018 issue of Gather magazine.
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