Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.
God has welcomed us into his household, despite – in fact, because of – our weaknesses and needs, and he invites us even in our not-yet-perfected condition to extend that same welcome to others, promising that as we do so, we will welcome God himself.
—Margaret Kim Peterson, from Keeping House: The Litany of Everyday Life
Thanks to Jesus, God clears us a place at his table! The Good news of Jesus, that we see at the Cross and taste at the Communion Table, is that God welcomes us, even though we’re strangers to him. Here’s a couple of wise guides who’ll help you practice that Gospel welcome at your own kitchen table, on our own calendar, in your own neighborhood.
Robert Farrar Capon- There’s no other single writer who’s shaped how I think about and practice welcoming others to my table like Robert Farrar Capon. The late Father Capon was an Anglican priest, a writer, a theologian- and, a New York Times food critic. The two books below are a seamless blending of memoir and advice, recipes and reflection, and you should get them both:
The Art of Neighboring- Jay Pathak & Dave Runyon.
Several of Liberti’s groups are reading their way through this book together this winter; it’s an exceedingly practical guide to help you move from a stranger to a neighbor with the people nearest you.