i'm reading tertullian, a dour 3rd century theologian who didn't make sainthood because of his attraction to a severe splinter group, the montanists, late in his life. but i am deeply and inexplictably drawn to his writing. so, each day when i pray the mid-day office, i'm reading a portion of his writing on prayer. today, i came upon an interesting section that connects to my commitment to explore the practice of hospitality in my personal and family life. before I leave today for vacation (in mn and wi), i wanted to post it for a response from blogworld.
"of course, you never bid farewell to a sister or brother who has entered your house without a prayer. for the scripture says, 'have you seen your brother? you have seen the lord.' this is especially true if the visitor is a stranger. for she might be an angel. furthermore, when you are a guest of one of the brothers or sisters, you will surely not partake of earthly refreshments prior to heavenly. otherwise, your faith will immediately be judged. how else will you obey the teaching to say, 'peace to this house' unless you exchange mutual peace with those who are in the house?"
this made me wonder how often we pray with and for those who visit our home. how do we offer the peace of the lord to them? how do we partake of heavenly refreshments with them? food for thought.
by the way, here is a wonderful site that does theology cards (like baseball cards). and here is the one for tertullian.