In Matthew 10, Jesus sends out the Twelve. He tells them many things, mostly about the cost of discipleship and what sort of things they would run into as His disciples. “Whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me.”
At the end of this chapter, Jesus tells of the rewards that await those who are hospitable to the Apostles. “Whoever receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever receives a righteous man because he is a righteous man will receive a righteous man’s reward. And whoever gives only a cup of cold water to one of these little ones to drink because the little one is a disciple – amen, I say to you, he will surely not lose his reward.”
Hospitality is so important. We must especially remember to be hospitable to brothers and sisters in Christ. I so often hear Catholics say they don’t feel welcome at church. Perhaps a smile and a handshake and a kind word can be like that cup of cold water about which our Lord spoke. Why not offer that to someone today?
Father, help us to always be hospitable, especially to our brothers and sisters in the faith. Amen.