Reflection for the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

St. Pius X | News
26 Jun 2020

In an age when people are growing further apart there is a greater need for friendliness than ever before, and the traditional value of hospitality is once more being rediscovered.  The world we live in is crying out for small acts of kindness, which cost little but are sadly missing, like a smile, a word of appreciation or a phone-call.  In extending a welcome to other people we are following in the footsteps of the Master who has room for everybody in his heart.  Inviting Jesus into our lives and putting him first in our preference is a demanding task as it involves a re-shaping of our attitudes.  When a stranger comes looking for help, our natural instinct tells us not to get involved or put ourselves to any trouble.  Following Christ involves putting his way of life into practice and in a Christian community this means everyone should feel welcome and there should be no strangers or outcasts.  Hospitality means showing a generosity of disposition and a willingness to interrupt our personal lives in order to performs some unrecorded act of kindness because it is not what is given that counts but the heart with which it is given.  The least we can do for Christ, who has accepted us in our sinfulness, is to receive one another with open arms.  In this way we respond to his compelling call for discipleship and allow his word to take hold of us.