Father Chuck Files: Welcoming All

Someone said there is no such thing as a free lunch. It’s not true. We  sponsor several free meals through out the year. Let’s hope that we never lose sight of hospitality as it is at the heart of our being the church.

Sadly, I heard of a church that voted  not to invite newcomers into their community to worship with them as, “They would not fit in.” Several years later when the church was revisited, the
parking lot was full and out front was a big sign, ”Barbecue, all you can eat!” The church was now a restaurant.

People sitting everywhere, eating pulled pork, chicken, maybe even a tofu burger. People everywhere, all kinds of people. And someone remarked “It is a good thing it’s still not a church,
otherwise these people wouldn’t be here.”

The church should be about all kinds of people. Inviting, welcoming, showing hospitality, extending God’s grace and love. And yet, I also, believe that when we sup at the table of goodness
and grace that there are some ways that you and I help take care of the bill. No we can not repay in kind the loving act of God in Christ on the cross.

But there are things we can do. We can show genuine love. We can offer service. We can be with those in pain and suffering. We can mingle with the less fortunate. We can rejoice with
those who rejoice. We can weep with those who weep. We can turn the other cheek. We can forgive those who have hurt us.

What does this kind of Christianity look like? It looks like you and me as we continue to be faithful followers of the risen Christ, who shows us the way. Remember God has work for you!


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