Tuesday, April 21, 2009

OVERSTEPPING BOUNDARIES TO INVITE PEOPLE

Bishop Robert Schnase describes the radical nature of Jesus' hospitality

“At every turn, the disciples seem ready to draw boundaries and distinctions that keep people at a distance from Jesus. They have a thousand reasons to ignore, avoid and sometimes thwart the approach of people, reminding Jesus that some of these people are too young, too sick, too sinful, too old, too Roman, too blind, too Gentile to deserve his attention. Jesus teaches, ‘Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me’ (Matt. 18:5). In every instance, Jesus radically challenges the disciples’ expectations by overstepping the boundaries to invite people in.”

“Hospitality has us seeing people as Jesus sees them and seeing Jesus in the people God brings before us.”

-- Robert Schnase in Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations (Abingdon)

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