My friend watches her phone messages like a hawk during the month of May. For years now, a certain couple calls and books a two- week holiday at her place. They come, they sit, they eat. They make not a bed or clean a dish and leave without the smallest of thanks.
And so, when company calls, these are some of the thoughts that run through our mind. How do I feel about this bunch of folks? Did I even invite them or did they invite themselves…again?
How long do they plan to stay? Is it an overnighter, a weekend or a month? Are they picky eaters? Will they contribute to the food budget? How long do they intend to stay?
Will they know when to leave or do I have to hint loudly by hiding the toilet paper and locking the kitchen cabinets? Is there anyone else in the area that will take them?
And no matter the answers, we (joyfully) resign ourselves to our fate, because….
‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ (Matthew 25:34-40, NIV)