Hospitality to the unexpected
Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them; those who are being tortured, as though you yourselves were being tortured. ~ Hebrews 13:1-3
Sometimes in the lectionary, the theme is harder to parse out. Not this week, however.
Over and over we hear - and will hear again tomorrow - God's desire for humility and hospitality. And yesterday, add to that, happiness.
There's a connection. These three h's feed off of each other in ways that open us up to grace and love.
And these three h's connect us also to the most unexpected people and places.
Prisoners certainly seem to be some of the most unexpected people we are called to be hospitable to. And their imprisonment puts them in a place of forced humility, but limited happiness.
What does hospitality to prisoners look like? How would we even know where to start?
There are organizations that reach out to prisoners all over the country. Here are a few places to start to bring hope, hospitality, and happiness to those who are among the most in need of it.
Gracious God, remind me of the humanity of the prisoner and give me ways to show them your love. Amen