The Table of Hospitality – 10 September 2023


Scripture:  Romans 13: 8-14   Don’t run up debts, except for the huge debt of love you owe each other. When you love others, you complete what the law has been after all along. The law code…finally adds up to this: Love other people as well as you do yourself. You can’t go wrong when you love others. When you add up everything in the law code, the sum total is love. 

Matthew  18:15-20   “…when two or three of you are together because of me, you can be sure that I’ll be there.” 

 Jesus often confounded those for whom acceptance was conditional — those who required specific laws be followed “or else.” The litmus test for Jesus was simply love. He chose time and again to seek out the intention of someone’s heart — to gather together and engage in conversation as a way of moving toward right relationship. What happens when we seek to “do no wrong” to our neighbor, moving beyond boundaries into reciprocal understanding?