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July 22, 2007, 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Jesus entered a village where a woman named Martha welcomed him to her home.” (Luke 10:38)

READINGS:
1. Genesis 18:1-10
2. Colossians 1:24-28
3. Gospel of Luke 10:38-42

REFLECTION: Sunday’s Scripture reading speaks of hospitality, so this week is a good opportunity to examine our own welcoming spirit. Jesus will probably never come to your house, at least not as himself. Very likely, when he does come, it will be in the person of another. It will not matter much what food we have or how clean our house is, as long as we open our doors and hearts and hands in genuine welcome.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, you left us an example of how to reach out and touch others. Give us insight and courage and enable us to extend ourselves and our love to those who are lonely. Amen.

FAMILY DISCUSSION/ACTIVITY:

*Monday*:
Think and pray today about how you nurture the spirit of hospitality in your family.

*Tuesday*:
Plan and host a picnic this week and observe the important times and activities in which hospitality is offered to family and friends.

*Wednesday*:
Plan to write to someone today who lives at a distance and may need some special support right now.

*Thursday*:
Pray today for the poor and homeless, for those who serve them with hospitality.

*Friday*:
Pray the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary today. Contemplate the experience of hospitality in the mysteries.

*Saturday*:
Visit a nursing home or other shelter in which a visit from a caring person would be appreciated.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, may the power of your living word inspire us to speak living words to others. May we know how to give encouragement and support through what we say and what we write. Amen.


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