Jesus makes it clear that eternal life depends not just on what we believe, but also what we do. He tells us to be hospitable, but this isn’t about inviting friends over to dinner.
Hospitality accepts the limits of hostility. Genuine hospitality is an openness to those people and ideas to which we are hostile. Practicing this type of hospitality is incredibly difficult, but we could look to the life of Jesus as an example.
Jesus lived a life of being a stranger while subsequently being the host. As he reached out to the outcasts of society — the poor, the sick, the imprisoned — he himself was being rejected by religious leaders of the day.
We can reconnect with Jesus, the host and the stranger, by reading Scripture, receiving Holy Communion and participating in worship.
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“The Hostipitality of Christ the King”
Sermon by The Rev. Joe Gunby
Matthew 25: 31-46
Nov. 26, 2017