Wednesday, August 24, 2016

When We Receive the Poor in His Name

Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
Souls that are filled with virtue's light
shine brightest in affliction's night:
to pity the distressed inclined,
and just unto all humankind.
 Their lib'ral favors they extend,
to some they give, to others lend;
yet what their charity impairs,
they save by prudence in affairs.
 —Psalm 112:4-5
Suggested tune: Sweet Hour (LMD)

Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.
—Hebrews 13:1-2
This human obligation has nearly ceased to be properly observed among us; for the ancient hospitality, celebrated in histories, is unknown to us, and inns now perform the duty of accommodating strangers. But the writer of Hebrews speaks not so much of the practice of hospitality as observed then by the rich; but rather commends the miserable and the needy to be entertained, as at that time many were fugitives who had left their homes for the Name of Christ.
And so that this duty might be commended all the more, it is added that angels had sometimes been entertained by those who thought that they had but received other mortals. Were any one to object, saying that this rarely happened: the obvious answer is that not mere angels are received by us, but Christ himself, when we receive the poor in his Name [see Matt. 25:40].
—John Calvin (alt.)
Eternal God, in the order of your creation, you have given righteousness, justice, peace, and love for the enlightenment of all, and the protection of the least among us. Keep me always in that light so that throughout my life, I may show forth the glory of Jesus Christ and reach out to my neighbor in his Name...
Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
 —Matthew 6:9-13

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