We often think of “hospitality” as a spiritual gift—some have it, others do not. And we often think of it as a “feminine” gift. Yet, this passage commands all believers to practice hospitality. According to Christine Pohl, the Biblical understanding of “hospitality” has nothing to do with creating a welcoming and cozy environment for our families and friends. In the early church, the Spirit’s gift of hospitality was understood to be the provision of secure shelter for the poor wanderer. (Making Room by Christine Pohl, 1999).
Questions for Reflection:
- Why do you think Christians have shifted their understanding and practice of “hospitality?”
- How can you challenge a “gendered” understanding of hospitality?
- If Ms. Pohl is right, what might hospitality look like for your faith community?