Rev. Karen Chakoian, Sermon
These days it’s not enough to be welcoming. It’s not even enough to practice good old-fashioned hospitality to those who walk in the door. Now our call is a much more radical hospitality. ‘Go quickly to the city’s streets,’ Jesus’ story goes. ‘Go to the busy ones and the side streets, and bring the poor, crippled, blind, and lame.’ Go out into the world around you. It’s a profound shift. The focus shifts from welcoming people in to going out.
And it’s on us to go do it. To act as the hosts who actively seek out others, people we may not even yet know. The very first step we need to take is to see ourselves as hosts.