St Benedict says “Hospitality is the way we come out of ourselves. It is the first step toward dismantling the barriers of the world. Hospitality is the way we turn a prejudiced world around, one heart at a time.”
The spirit of hospitality was obvious in a very real way on Wednesday evening when we were able to gather together for a beautiful liturgy of Vespers and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament with the former Rector and then to adjourn to St Alban’s Hall for a banquet of food and friendship. Thank you to everyone who made the effort to come and celebrate, to provide food and to share their hearts in thanksgiving to Mgr Peter Leeming for his ministry here over the past six years. We were able to present him with a substantial gift.
Hospitality does not stop with one-off events, as wonderful as they be, but should extend to the normal pattern of our daily life. I am asking those who are Readers who come to weekday Masses to come to the Sacristy before Mass begins to reassure the priest that there will be a reader for that Mass and to receive and instructions which the priest may have about the Liturgy of the Word on the occasion.
I am asking the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to also present themselves to the priest prior to Mass so that he knows someone will help him with the distribution of Holy Communion from the Chalice. Making these little efforts of helpfulness is a sign of hospitality, especially hospitality to the Lord who we are all called to serve.
Blessings to you all for the coming week!