During the summer we have a Eucharist service every Wednesday night.  I use this time to talk with those gathered about the texts for the upcoming Sunday rather than have a traditional ‘homily.’   These questions are stolen from other sources, but are the questions I’d of asked our congregation had I been smart enough to ask them.  These are the things I am wondering about, and the direction I am going…

Focus on the Luke Text:

Are we living in “a culture of fear” characterized by increasing distrust, suspicion, and anxiety?

What are some sources of this fear?

What barriers between people do some congregations build (or accept from the wider society)? How do these barriers deform those congregations’ practice of hospitality?

What does hospitality mean to you? To our church?

What makes hospitality “strategic”?

Who is missing from the table of your church? From whom do we “avert our eyes”?

How do you imagine the Great Feast will look and feel?

the “Greek word for hospitality, philoxenia, means ‘love of the stranger,'”

This reading from Luke’s gospel paints a picture of the way things will be in the reign of God, but not because we have condescended to welcome those “beneath” us; rather, we will understand that Jesus has changed “the rules” for, (as Dianne Bergant writes), he “redefines” both “honorable behavior” and “honored guests.”