August 28, 2016
Luke 14:1, 7-14
Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16
Jeremiah 2:4-13
Psalm 81:1, 10-16


A Question of Hospitality
Proper 17 | OT 22 | Pentecost 15

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Keith Hewitt
Contents
"A Question of Hospitality" by Keith Hewitt
"Stubborn Hearts" by John Fitzgerald


A Question of Hospitality
by Keith Hewitt
Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16

Go to any large metropolis -- any metropolis: Chicago, New York, Rome, Carthage -- and you’ll find one. Tucked out of the way on a side street near the center of town, neither pretentious or seedy, but just comfortable, the first thing you’ll see is a sign written in several languages (one always Hebrew) that translates simply as “peace.” Inside, you’ll find a bar, booths and tables, and lighting that is too dark for surgery, but light enough to discourage some of the nefarious things that go on at other establishments. And, if your eyes are sufficiently keen, at any given time you might see a dozen or so customers -- usually in booths, usually in pairs, usually so nondescript as to defy description -- engaged in deep conversation.

In this case, “keen eyes” means the ability to see transdimensionally, as these beings are only visible in our three dimensions when they choose to be.

One of them -- call him Gabriel; his given name is not pronounceable -- was sitting in a corner booth, studying a tablet, when his companion returned with a pair of mugs and a bowl of popcorn, set them down and slid smoothly into the seat across from him. Without looking, Gabriel grabbed a handful of popcorn, dumped it into his mouth, and tapped the tablet with a slightly greasy fingertip. “What about this one?” he asked, voice partly muffled by popcorn.

His companion leaned across the table, studied the tablet, grunted and shook his head. “They have cats.”... >>Click here for the full installment.


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