While he was at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat with Jesus and his disciples.
We will be moving into a new house soon, and for the first time in many years, I will have a dining room. I’m looking forward to buying a table and chairs and hosting dinner parties. It’s interesting that the word hospitality comes from the Latin hospes, which is also the root word of hospital and hospice. In this passage, tax collectors and sinners came and sat with Jesus at the table. They were imperfect, broken, and sick, and yet they were drawn to Jesus because they knew he would welcome them and heal them. I want my dining room table to be a place that feels safe, where all of us—friends, family, strangers—can break bread together despite our imperfections, mistakes, sins, and wounds.
Daily Inspirations are excerpted from 2018: A Book of Grace-Filled Days by Karen Beattie ©2017 Loyola Press. All Rights Reserved.
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