A Stranger Everywhere

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How do you respond the invitation of  a stranger? What if that stranger is Yeshua? What if you are the stranger?

Luke 9:51-58  51 As the time approached when Jesus was to be taken up into heaven, he determined to go to Jerusalem.52 He sent messengers on ahead of him. Along the way, they entered a Samaritan village to prepare for his arrival, 53 but the Samaritan villagers refused to welcome him because he was determined to go to Jerusalem. 54 When the disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to consume them?” 55 But Jesus turned and spoke sternly to them, 56 and they went on to another village. 57 As Jesus and his disciples traveled along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”58 Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and the birds in the sky have nests, but the Human One[a] has no place to lay his head.” (CEB)

[Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.]

Luke 9:51-58 – Reflections

The time was drawing near for Yeshua, and he set his sights on Jerusalem. As he began the journey toward Jerusalem, he was considered off limits for a Samaritan village along the way. The disciples wanted to seek retribution on the village. Yeshua, having nothing to do with their shenanigans, scolded them. A stranger came up to them along the road and indicated his willingness to follow Yeshua wherever he would go. Addressing the disciples as much as the stranger Yeshua said, “Wild animals have their lairs, birds build nests; the Son of Man, however, is a stranger everywhere.”

A stranger everywhere”
a stranger in the midst of a people
commanded to welcome strangers in their midst
to show them the greatest hospitality…
a stranger in the midst of a world
disposed to show indifference
or antagonism…
a stranger in the heart of humans
though he resides there
within them…
a stranger to me
even when I have said
“I will follow you wherever you go.”

To show hospitality to the stranger
is less a commandment
and more an invitation
an invitation to selfhood
an invitation to wholeness
an invitation to authenticity
an invitation to integrity
an invitation to relatedness
an invitation to community
an invitation to the Way
an invitation to the Commonwealth
an invitation to God.

Will I proved to be a host
or the one who says,
“No room in the Inn”…
hospitality or animosity
to the One who came
          to the one in me who is to come?

Is my face “set toward Jerusalem?”

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