Hospitality is a precious thing and its sudden end in mid-March was a shock. The city fell silent, no tourist to be seen anymore. All international traffic came to a standstill and we tried hospitality via the internet. No more meetings in the churches, no more praying together, no more sharing communion, no more experiencing the communion of the body of Christ – a break in the bond with God.
The church must once again become a place that offers hospitality, across borders and cultures, and in the end, of course, it is God who is the host here. Unlimited hospitality, without regard for individuals, no racial discrimination. Everyone is equal. A dream, almost, and yet that image stays with us as if it were already true.
Pastor: Ben Frie SJ