Season after Pentecost (Proper 8 [13]) : The Gospel Passages – Whoever

“Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.
Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous; and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple — truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.” (Matthew 10:40-42)

Simple kindness and hospitality. Unconditional acceptance. Care and compassion. These are things that do not cost much, but are priceless when given freely.

One of the things the Pharisees could not understand, with all their laws and rituals, was that the Ten Commandments were based on simply caring about another person and caring about God. We get so bogged down about doing the right thing, that we forget that it is really about doing the good thing. So, now that I have reminded you about that, don’t sit here and keep reading, but go out and welcome into your home and your heart . . . . whoever! Selah!

About Carole Boshart

I have blog called "Pondering From the Pacific" and it is based on my reflections on the world - sometimes religious/spiritual, and sometimes not so much. Some days roll along smoothly and some days are like rocky shale. But always I cling to my faith . . . . and my sense of humor!

2 thoughts on “Season after Pentecost (Proper 8 [13]) : The Gospel Passages – Whoever

  1. rwwilson147 says:

    Hi Carole,
    I was wondering if you can help me understand why so many Mennonite preacher/teachers are more inclined to reduce a text like this to an general moral principle of hospitality rather than focus on the emphasis Jesus placed on the apostles proclamation mission and doing good in support of those who were specifically and distinctly his disciples. The message Jesus intended to convey is pretty evident in the text of Matthew, but gospel mission as proclamation is devalued and practical service is exalted. In the process it seems only part of the teaching of Jesus is upheld, but without the whole context of the discourse his intention is subverted. Kinda sad.
    Peace to all who are in Christ, Richard


  2. Carole Boshart says:

    I am not sure I can speak generally for the majority of Mennonite preachers and teachers. The Anabaptist/Mennonite faith is sometimes not overly evangelical in nature. The reason for that is based partly in its beginnings and history, and partly because early Anabaptists separated themselves from society as opposed to participating in it. It was through mission and good works that they expressed themselves to the world at large. Mennonites do a lot of outreach into the world, meeting needs as they become aware of it. Often they will travel to where the needs are, doing whatever they can for whoever is in need. Their “good works” are done not just for disciples of Christ, but anyone who is in need. And a good deal of evangelical work is actually done while ministering to the needs of others. Inevitably someone will ask why the group has come to help, and it is then that faith is shared and the gospel is proclaimed.
    I am not sure that any one faith tradition is evenly balanced across all types of outreach, missional efforts, evangelical work, and proclamation of the gospel. Anabaptists/Mennonites in North America have one way of carrying out mission and proclamation. Anabaptists/Mennonites in other parts of the world I assume have a different way of carrying out the work and mission that Christ has laid upon their hearts.
    I am curious where your experience of Mennonite preachers/teachers comes from.


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