Warmth and hospitality at the mission by Fr Nev: Hello again, here is another post from our memorable trip to the Labuan Bajo mission.
“It is quite humbling to come into the mission as strangers but receive such warmth and hospitality. I was reflecting that in the comfort of Australia we often pick and choose to who we wish to show hospitality. I don’t think it would have mattered if it was the Queen or a homeless person. The brothers at the mission demonstrated for us throughout our whole stay what faith-filled service and love looks like without the trimmings. It made me think of two lines in the Beatitudes. ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven’ and ‘blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth’. When stripped back to our simplest, we do not have any distractions. It’s just us, life and God. I think we are more dependent on technology and first world conveniences than we realise. They can potentially keep our relationship with God distant.
I think we can experience a similar joy that the brothers exuded when we can both strip back from our first world mentality and choose to spend time with Jesus in prayer and in our daily life”.
See you next time when we will wrap up Fr Nev’s and the pilgrims’ visit to Labuan Bajo with a post looking at some of the area’s sightseeing attractions (in the land of the Komodo Dragon) that they managed to see while at Labuan Bajo.
Until then, blessings to all….
Trevor and Tina