Hospitality and welcome

Matthew 22 v 37-40

Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’40 The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” New Living Translation

Good neighbours

There are many parables, teachings and examples that Jesus gives that urge us to be welcoming and hospitable to all who come to our doors.

The words of Jesus, as above (Matthew 22 versus 37-40) are known as 'The Great Commandment'.  It is on this basis of love, openess and generosity, that Church schools are founded.

In the Gospel of Luke we find a good example of what Jesus meant by 'neighbour' (Luke 10 versus 25-37) After telling the religious scholar the story of the Samaritan Jesus asks the scholar who he thinks became a neighbour to the attacked man.  The scholar replies 'the one who showed him kindness'.

The challenge Jesus responded with is the same as the challenge to us in our Church schools everyday.

"Go, and do the same" replied Jesus (The Message Luke 10 verse 40)

Interesting reading

Grove Books

  • Understanding Church Schools: Chapters 4 and 5
  • Church Schools: a Mission-Shaped Vision: Chapters 5 and 6

Education and the National Society Publications

  • Church of England Vision for Education: Deeply Christian, Serving the Common Good
  • Fruit of the Spirit - A Church of England Discussion Paper on Character Education
  • Valuing All God's Children





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