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For Christians, hospitality is a practice within which we deal simultaneously with pots of soup and angels, with blankets and holy ground, with the possibility of opening the door and encountering Jesus, and with worries about whether the unexpected guest might be an escaped convict. Hospitality is an unusual practice in that it combines the most extraordinarily supernatural encounters with the most earthly, earthy concerns. The practice of hospitality roots its practitioners in the basics of life. It involves sharing food, providing security or a place to sleep, offering conversation and respect, yet hospitality also connects Christians with the Eucharist, with the eschatological welcome of the kingdom, and with reenacting how God has welcomed us.
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