CHAPTER 53 - The Reception of Guests

All guests who present themselves are to be welcomed as Christ, who said: "I was a stranger and you welcomed me (Mt 25:35)." RB 53:1

Benedict's Rule speaks often of living a life of hospitality.

He tells us that we are receiving Christ in the person of the guest. Each guest is given the gift of being treated with honor and reverence. We are to welcome all and to treat each according to need. This type of hospitality is an attitude of openness toward persons and events that gift our lives. It calls us to see and cherish Christ in each person. It grows out of our own experiences of being gifted with God's abiding love. As this knowledge of our own being loved grows, we can be more open, aware and reverent of the dignity and sacredness of all life. Benedict hopes/expects that followers of his way of life will grow in their ability to be genuinely hospitable.

May this hospitality that Benedict describes be rooted in our hearts and lived out in our lives.