Often we are confronted with the need to welcome a stranger to our lives, possibly in our homes, or our workplace, or at St. Joseph’s. Jesus taught us much about how our hospitality should manifest. This prayer is a reflection on our hospitality.
Welcoming the Stranger: Prayer for Hospitality
(Catholic Household Blessing and Prayers)
Loving God, your son Jesus said your Kingdom is like a banquet:
a festive gathering for all people of every race and color
a table at which the lonely find company,
the hungry savor rich foods and fine wine,
and strangers enjoy warm family ties.
Jesus calls us to build this Kingdom here on earth.
Teach us, Lord, the ways of hospitality.
Give us the spirit of joyful welcome and the sensitivity to help people on the move to feel they belong.
Grant that our tables at home may draw our new neighbors from other lands into a loving community and that the eucharistic tables in our parishes may prefigure that banquet in heaven where all are one with you,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.