The spirituality of hospitality and welcome is foundational to our Christian lives as disciples. It finds its origins in scripture, having been part of our Judeo-Christian tradition from the beginning. In Genesis 18, Abraham offered hospitality to the three men by washing their feet and providing a meal. They were actually angels of God sent to give the good news that his wife Sarah would conceive a child. The author of Hebrews reinforces this when he says, “Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers for by doing so some have entertained angels without knowing it”. These are just a couple of the many examples in scripture of the call to hospitality. Jesus extended the greatest hospitality at the Last Supper when he washed the feet of his disciples. He said, and continues to say through the Church, “I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do.”
We too are called to be welcoming and hospitable to those people who enter into the home where we greet one another in Christ and Christ greets us in the people gathered to celebrate the banquet he prepares for us in His Word and sacrament. In Christ, we have received God’s unconditional love, and, in Christ, we are called to extend that same unconditional love to others. The ministry of greeting is perhaps one of the most crucial in the church because it is one of the most visible. First impressions are often lasting impressions. When a person steps into a church for the first time, he or she evaluates the atmosphere. He asks: “Will they accept me? Will it be easy to make friends? Will my spiritual and personal needs be met? Will it be easy to find my way around? Will my family like it here?” We want members and visitors to Corpus Christi Parish to feel that it does make a difference that they are here and that someone is happy to see them. Our greeters welcome people at the doors for the church before all our Masses. If you are interested in learning more about this ministry, contact Brenda Stinson at email@example.com.