Throughout history, people from all places and cultures have welcomed others through eating meals. We see the connection between eating and hospitality all over scripture:
Hospitality is such a virtue in scripture that inhospitality is often a sign of immorality (see Genesis 19, Judges 19, and 1 Samuel 25).
Perhaps this is why Jesus commanded his apostles to rely on the hospitality of others for their sustenance (Luke 10:5-10). The Apostle Paul continued this tradition by requiring church leaders to show hospitality to all as a witness to the gospel (1 Tim 3:2; Titus 1:8). And of course, the connection between hospitality and eating is signified best in Holy Communion, where Jesus welcomes sinners to his table and offers himself to us as bread and wine.
Because of the popularity of eating out and fast food, our culture today has all but lost this deep connection between eating and hospitality. But Christ Church Plano strives to continue this tradition by welcoming people at Gateway, our newcomer’s lunch.
If you are new to our community, would you consider joining us for a meal hosted by Fr. Paul and the staff? Check the web site for the date our next Gateway luncheon. Consider it our way to extend the hospitality of God in an inhospitable world.
The Rev. Bryan Biba
Curate for Adult Discipleship
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