November 23, 2023

Matthew 18:1-7 (NRSV)

1At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2He called a child, whom he put among them, 3and said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.

6“If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were fastened around your neck and you were drowned in the depth of the sea. 7Woe to the world because of stumbling blocks! Occasions for stumbling are bound to come, but woe to the one by whom the stumbling block comes!


Expansive God, we confess that sometimes hospitality is hard work. We say everyone is welcome, but we fail to make spaces accessible or create inclusive communities. We expect others to conform to our culture, adapt to our norms, rather than meeting them where they are and making room for their unique needs and perspectives and gifts. Help us widen our welcome. Teach us how make a little more space at the table. Give us eyes to see you in those others overlook or devalue. In humility, may we strive to become your beloved community. Amen.

Written by Rev. Rev. Emily Rhodes Hunter, (she/her/hers),

Campus Minister, UKirk Presbyterian Campus Ministry at Virginia Tech

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