May 29. Day 6 Hospitality: Show unusual kindness. Acts 28:1-2, 7. “After we had reached safety, we learned that the island was called Malta. The natives showed us unusual kindness. Since it had begun to rain and was cold, they kindled a fire and welcomed all of us. In the neighbourhood were lands belonging to the leading man of the island, Publius, who received us and entertained us hospitably for three days.”
Reflection. After the traumas and conflicts of the storm at sea, the practical care offered by the islanders is experienced as an unusual kindness by those washed up on the shores. Such kindness demonstrates our common humanity. The Gospel teaches us that when we care for those in distress we are showing love to Christ himself.
Prayer. God of the orphan, the widow and the stranger, instill in our hearts a deep sense of hospitality. Open our eyes and hearts when you ask us to feed you, to clothe you and to visit you.May our churches participate in the ending of hunger, thirst and isolation and in overcoming barriers that prevent the welcome of all people. We ask this in the name of your Son, Jesus, who is present in the least of our sisters and brothers. Amen.
Offer a prayer to Our Lady during her special month of May.
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