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Friday 8th March, 2013
Ember Day. ST JOHN OF GOD. DAY OF PENANCE. Hosea 14:2-10. I am the Lord, your God: hear my voice - Ps 80(81):6, 8-11, 14, 17. Mark 12:28-34.

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‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’

St John of God worked for the poor and sick in Spain during the sixteenth century. His memory has been enshrined in the many hospitals which take his name and are administered by the Hospitaller Order of St John of God. Struggling with poor health and homelessness for a time, he was moved to share his simple shelter with other marginalised people. He epitomised hospitality through his compassion, respect and sense of justice.

How often do we consider hospitality as a genuine form of love and concern for others? We may be hospitable to our guests at home, but do we truly love our neighbour as ourselves? What about people we meet every day or those who live on the streets? How hospitable is Australia as a nation? What can we do to inspire true hospitality among others?



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