Charlotte Riggle: When Jesus was a Stranger, did you Welcome Him?

“Then He also said to him who invited Him, “When you give a dinner or a supper, do not ask your friends, your brothers, your relatives, nor rich neighbors, lest they also invite you back, and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you; for you shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just.” 14 “And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you; for you shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just.” (Luke 14:12-14 NKJV)

The Gospel of Matthew has a similar story, with which Charlotte Riggle begins this post. If you want to reflect the likeness of Christ, which is ultimately what salvation is, you will welcome the strangers that the Lord brings to your parish: troubled persons, disabled persons, of all kinds and stripes.

To access:

The Parable of the Great Feast

In the following post, Charlotte builds on the previous one in story form. She shares her personal motivations for being an advocate for persons with disabilities, an unfortunate dispute with a school involving her youngest child who was denied access to the services she needed at school, and her resolve to write children’s books with disabled characters, as most published children’s books do not include them. 

To access:

A table where strangers are welcome

A Reading from Charlotte’s Book “Catherine’s Pascha:”

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