Contemporary homes have a faux front porch. It’s a bit of dressing up the front of a house. As for sitting out on the front porch, it’s just not done. We are now on a deck or patio at the back of the house.
But what does a front porch have to do with asking? When we are close to other folks, being visible and communicative, we all have established ourselves in a neighborhood and are more willing to ask for a cup of sugar needed to bake a cake or offer a cup of coffee. Having neighbors who embrace giving and receiving is a real blessing. Herein lies a faith in humanity that despite all the negatives we could focus on, we choose to embrace a neighbor wherever we go.
Contrary to such an idyllic state, we find that asking is difficult. We are such an independent sort with a can-do attitude. Yet, we must meet the call. Jesus sat at dinner with some questionable characters and gave instructions which at the heart of these instructions is Jesus’ invitation – Follow me.
However, an invitation is not complete until it is accepted. The “giving” needs a “receiving.” A “receiving” requires a “giving” of acceptance.
We have heard: Without cost you have received, without cost, you are to give (Matthew 10:8).
And here we share our Eymardian spirit emersed in a eucharist relationship with God, Son, and Spirit and everyone. Everyone.
Pass it on.
Dear God, meet us on the front porch of our lives to offer help, consolation, some joy, and a cup of coffee. Amen.