In this chapter of Romans, Paul is busy with greetings and introductions of those early Christians with whom he is spreading the Gospel. Wouldn’t you have liked to meet Prisca, Aquila, Andronicus and all the others? Paul also asks us to greet the church at their house. We know at this time the early Christians met in each other’s homes to celebrate liturgy and to partake in the Eucharist. These early gatherings took place in domestic churches. Though times have changed dramatically, your home, with Christ at its center, is a domestic church. There you nurture each other in Gospel living, and you greet those who visit with Christian hospitality. You may sit at table, pray together, break bread. Christ is present with you, just as he was in those first home churches. And when your guests and family members leave your home, may they go out in love to spread Christ’s message to all they meet at school, at work and in the neighborhood.
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