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Jesus answered him, ‘Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head'” Matthew 8:20
If Jesus is present in all our neighbors, then to welcome a stranger is to welcome Christ. Our neighbors’ physical needs are attended to again in the third Corporal Work of Mercy, giving shelter to the homeless. Many of His children suffer without their own place to live, and there are many ways to support them through homeless shelters or other ministries that work to find housing for those in need.
Our generosity can be extended daily to those in less extreme cases of homelessness as well. This work of mercy is also about hospitality, about showing kindness to anyone in need of welcoming. Welcoming a new family to the neighborhood with a meal, inviting a new friend to your parish, or giving traveling friends a place to stay are all examples of where we can share His love with His people. There were many times during Jesus’ life on earth when he was not welcomed, and he places importance on welcoming the strangers when he is speaking of heaven: “For I was…a stranger and you welcomed me…” How can we find ways to show generous hospitality to our neighbors, and in turn to Christ Himself?