Today's readings talk about home. The psalmist invites us to go rejoicing to the house of the Lord, while the centurion says he isn't worthy to receive the Lord under his roof. What a contrast - while the Lord is always welcoming, the human holds back and says, "Don't come in."
One more thing: The holidays are upon me and sometimes I find myself wondering how I can get out of hosting friends and family in my home. I make all sorts of excuses: the house isn't clean or fancy enough, I'm tired, I'm busy with the kids, etc. But what if it is Christ that I have the opportunity to invite in? Would I refuse him like the centurion did? What if I am ministering to the least of my brothers by my hospitality? Shouldn't I throw open the doors and hope that all would come rejoicing into my home?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, as I prepare for your coming in this Advent season, give me a spirit of hospitality for my friends and family. Help me to teach my children to welcome others into our home, so that when we celebrate your birth at Christmas, we will be ready to welcome you too! In your precious name I pray, Amen. St. Saturninus, pray for me.