Celtic Thought For The Day #07: Hospitality And ‘Com-Panis’

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The ancient Celts were famed for there hospitality. Even today there are tribes (and, ofcourse, some latter-day Celts, and others) that will welcome the stranger and share their food.

If there’s an opportunity to be in the company of others, and an opportunity to play host I’ll seize it. As a latter-day Celt I heartily recommend company, and more so the company of strangers.

‘Company’ is derived from the Latin word ‘com’, meaning ‘together’, and ‘panis’ -, meaning ‘bread’. To be in company, and to play host – always ensuring your safety – is to share your bread with others.

I can think of anything nicer than being in company (that word again), and ‘soaking’ up their adventures. I can ‘travel’ the world without even moving as we eat together, and learn so much.

‘Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.’ Hebrews 13:2, The Book

I believe that we get a return blessing. The One who said what you do to them, you do to me, is present around that table.

If you send out goodness from yourself…it will all come back to you multiplied ten thousand times. John O’Donohue.

Be hospitable, (be safe), be blessed.

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