Hospitality in the Midst of Hostility


Here we are at the Third Sunday in Lent, reading Matthew 20 – 26, spanning from before Jesus’ journey into Jerusalem to . Regarding Jesus’ turning over the tables in the temple, Hare remarks, “The narrative of Jesus’ action in the temple lends itself all too easily to modern expressions of anti-Judaism and anti-Semitism. Christians must resist this misuse of the passage. We are best served by taking the passage as challenging us to self-criticism. Does secularism invade our churches? Do we use our religion as a source of security instead of allowing ourselves to be remade by it?” (p. 238)


This week we read Part 2,  “Managing Your Time,” Chapter 15, “Three Crucial Skills for Staying on Schedule of the T+P+A Big Read 2019, The Lifelong Activist. Rettig encourages us to prioritize tasks into important and unimportant, to build our community and relationships by asking for appropriate help on tasks, which is a real challenge for many of us! (I don’t know about you, but I too often think, “I’d better do it myself if I want it done right.” Not helpful!) Her third main point is to learn how to say no, and to say no to things that are outside of your mission.

What do you think about these skills? What of these do you already do well, and with which could you use some help or practice?C’mon over to People of the Books, our online book club in which we discuss this book and whatever else is on your mind or heart!


We continue on with our Lenten practice with Compton Heights Christian Church – reading and praying through Boundless Compassion: Creating a Way of Life by Joyce Rupp. This week we read Week Four, “From Hostility to Hospitality.”

Each of us has within a vast heart with room enough to welcome those who have been left out and forgotten. Each of us has love enough to embrace with compassion the most vulnerable and dispossessed of our society. Each of us has enough material resources to ease the life of those who lack our abundance.

Joyce Rupp, Boundless Compassion: Creating a Way of Life, p. 112-13

How’s Boundless Compassion going for you? The week’s title is quite the zinger, isn’t it!? It reminds me to take a look at that to which I am hostile or afraid, to move from fear of the unknown into mindful exploration of the new.


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