My friends, love hospitality, love the works of mercy.
St. Paul said: Let the love of the brotherhood remain, and do not forget hospitality; it was by this that some have been made acceptable, having entertained angels hospitably.
St. Peter told us to be hospitable to one another, without complaints.
Truth himself said: I needed hospitality, and you welcomed me.
And yet often we feel no inclination to offer the gift of hospitality. But consider, my friends, how great this virtue of hospitality is!
Receive Christ at your tables, so that he will receive you at the eternal banquet. Offer hospitality now to Christ the stranger, so that at the judgment you will not be a stranger, but he will accept you into his Kingdom as one he knows.
– Gregory the Great, Be Friends of God
If you are inclined I encourage you to make a donation to a very hospitable organization in Toronto called St. John the Compassionate Mission. St. John’s Mission is a community house for those in need. St. John’s serves daily meals to the homeless and runs a local bakery next door. The bakery is a social enterprise that bakes a variety of delicious artisan bread and provides jobs, mentorship, and training for people trying to get back on their feet, such as new immigrants, refugees, recovering addicts or those that struggle with disabilities and mental illness.
Recently, St. John’s has experienced a shortage of eggs for their breakfast program. Although we are currently fasting, donating a chicken will provide the Mission with a source of eggs for 3 years. It is only $15/chicken – donate a chicken, feed a village!