July 21, Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
He who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord. — Psalm 15:1
Mass Readings: Genesis 18:1-10a/Colossians 1:24-28/Luke 10:38-42
The parts of today’s Old Testament reading that stand out for me involve the food that Abraham had prepared for his three visitors. Sarah made bread and a servant slaughtered a steer. Now that all sounds dandy, but making bread takes several hours and it isn’t quick to go catch a steer in the field, slaughter it, and then butcher it. Not to mention the time to build a fire and roast the meat!
It amazes me the time and effort Abraham went to in order to honor his guests. When someone comes to my house, they’re lucky to get a cup of tea! While I’m not about to slaughter a cow, the reading remind me that hospitality, making a person feel cared about, is a virtue. One that perhaps I need to cultivate.
Prayer: God, help me to be more hospitable when You send me visitors.
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