Scripture Reading: Rewards
In this week’s scripture, Jesus was sending the twelve disciples out into their countryside and villages. Whoever welcomed one of the disciples welcomed Jesus himself and whoever welcomes Jesus welcomes the Lord God who sent Jesus. Jesus made the outrageous promise that to receive others with sincerity is to receive God. The outrageous promise that Jesus makes to those who welcome others is that if they open themselves to the stranger, those with no claim on their compassion/kindness, they will be opening themselves to God. Yes, it’s that simple.