Tuesday, June 24, 2008
1 And the Lord appeared to him in the vale of Mambre as he was sitting at the door of his tent, in the very heat of the day. 2 And when he had lifted up his eyes, there appeared to him three men standing near him: and as soon as he saw them he ran to meet them from the door of his tent, and adored down to the ground. 3 And he said: Lord, if I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away from thy servant: 4 But I will fetch a little water, and wash ye your feet, and rest ye under the tree. 5 And I will set a morsel of bread, and strengthen ye your heart, afterwards you shall pass on: for therefore are you come aside to your servant. And they said: Do as thou hast spoken.
6 Abraham made haste into the tent to Sara, and said to her: Make haste, temper together three measures of flour, and make cakes upon the hearth. 7 And he himself ran to the herd, and took from thence a calf very tender and very good, and gave it to a young man: who made haste and boiled it. 8 He took also butter and milk, and the calf which he had boiled, and set before them: but he stood by them under the tree. 9 And when they had eaten, they said to him: Where is Sara thy wife? He answered: Lo, she is in the tent. 10 And he said to him: I will return and come to thee at this time, life accompanying and Sara thy wife shall have a son. Which when Sara heard, she laughed behind the door of the tent.
Angels appeared and they ate with Abraham. Have we received strangers with words of welcome at our doors without food or water to wash with or to drink. Our doors most likely are locked all the time. Especially those who live in a city. Always fearful of anyone knocking on the door when no one is expected to pay a visit. Crime has made it's mark and placed fear in our lives. What once was a time of welcome for those who are lost or just passing through, is no longer the case. Just thinking about the welcome these angels received from Abraham and how he took care of their needs. It brought home the fact that we don't even try to welcome strangers that often. Let alone feed them as well. These angels came with a purpose. Supposing that happened to us. Would we turn our backs on them without realizing they were sent by God. With this thought alone and how our time seems to be, we can truly imagine how many angels we have possibly sent away or never acknowledged. We also begin to see how truly we don't love as we should our neighbor.