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Sunday Bible Study: Matthew 10:40-42

Updated: Jun 29, 2020

On this Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, we reflect on the biblical understanding of hospitality. The idea of hospitality is found throughout the Bible, especially in the many stories of the Old Testament. We recently heard a story of hospitality a few weeks ago in Genesis 18, when the Lord appeared to Abraham and Sarah, and they quickly welcomed their divine guests with food and conversation. Hospitality is integral with relationship, and the God of Love is always a God of relationship.

Our Scripture passage is found in the Gospel according to Matthew. Our passage may be found by following the provided link: (Matthew 10:40-42).

For continuing study, reflect on these questions (found in the study guide below):

  • After reading the "WHAT..." paragraph below, give some thought to Jesus' words of "sending" to his disciples, as he tells them to go out into the world and spread the Good News of the Gospel, realizing it won't always be easy.

  • The Greek word-root "xenos" is part of both the words "stranger" and "host" - reflect on how the same root for both sides of an encounter with another person gives insight to the mutuality of relationship and hospitality.

  • After reading the "WHERE is God..." paragraph below - how does the "paradox of love" help us to be open to others and hear their stories of life and faith? And how does this "listening" give us insight into God's movement in the world?

  • After reading the "SO WHAT..." paragraph below - consider both the risks and rewards of "relinquishing the role of gatekeeper in the community of God."

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