by Sister Charlene Hockers
In this Sunday’s first reading, when Elisha went to Shunem, he met this woman of influence who invited him to dine with her and her husband. And eventually he was able to stay with them overnight in a room especially provided for him. Elisha rewarded the woman with a promise of a baby son to be born to her. Her hospitality was rewarded. Do we practice hospitality without needing a reward? Can our hospitality be a part of our everyday life?
Our generosity is to be a response, a reflection of the good that God has done for us. We give generously so that we can show the world what God’s generosity looks like. We go out of our way for people because we want to bring His love to them. Think about how you can give more to the poor, be kind to the people you live with or are near to you. Be a more loving witness to those around you. Just a smile for someone is a blessing!
Recently, the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross met together and chose to revise their charism statement to include the following:
“... we compassionately respond to the needs of our times through prayer, presence and hospitality.”
May our witness of this in our lives also be reflected in yours.
Lord, show me how to be a witness of your generous love. Amen.
I love this reflection; so much of what we see in others is, indeed, what we choose to see. The truth of the matter is, as the reflection reminds us, that there is good in every one because there is Christ in every one. Thanks for an important reminder in these troubling times!
Well expressed, Charlene. Thanks.