When I rang the doorbell of my friends’ home yesterday, they both came quickly to the front door and greeted me with wide smiles. I immediately felt lovingly welcomed and received. I long to open the door of my heart that readily and broadly to those I meet, whether they be stranger, helper, relative, friend or community member. If I can remember the intimate connection that Jesus describes—the unbreakable thread of communion with the Holy One who abides within and among humans—I would be more eager and ready to receive others with gracious acceptance. Because I am easily distracted by my own cares, woes and ambitions, I can’t be reminded often enough of this enriching, spiritual encounter that occurs when I genuinely receive another. Today’s gospel teaching calls out: “Receive every person. Remember Christ dwells within them. This welcome will unite you to the One who sent him into the world.”
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