Is it possible in our democratic day and age to profit from the Solemnity of Christ Jesus our King, which closes a year of celebrating the many ways he abides with us and saves us? We can profit from it, and I suggest an approach for your reflection this week and beyond.
Their core values were honor and shame. We continue to see both values operate in the Mediterranean world. News from there confuses because we don’t measure honor and shame with their categories. Regarding honor: scripture measures it as glory: all the angels with [the Son of Man, who] will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him—is far different from any human notions we have. Regarding shame: we tend to measure it as doing something wrong or illegal rather than measuring it by the failure to put our faith into action, including with and for people with whom we have loose or no bonds.
The isolated individual is not a real person. A real person is one who lives in and for others. ...the more personal relationships we form with others, the more we truly realize ourselves as persons.1
Christian hospitality does two things at once: first, by it we treat others, with whom we have no bond other than our shared humanity, as we desire to be treated; second, by extending
hospitality we welcome and offer food, drink, clothing and care to our risen Lord. When we withhold hospitality we deny welcome, food, drink, clothing and care to our risen Lord. To use the core values of Jesus’ time and culture, we serve our risen Lord to our honor, or, we snub our risen Lord to our shame.
- Pause in the presence of the Trinity to relish that the Trinity creates you to extend Christian hospitality.
- Ask the communion of saints to present you to Jesus.
- Speak with Jesus about your desire to serve him.
- Ask Jesus to deepen that grace in you.
- Close your prayer by saying slowly the Lord’s Prayer. Jesus’ prayer guides us to extend Christian hospitality and shapes daily living to be a prelude to the honor and glory our risen Lord desires to extend to us.
- Bishop Kallistos Ware, in Lorraine Lisly, Ordinary Graces: Christian Teachings on the Interior Life. Bell Tower; 2001, p. 28.