[今日經文 Today’s Reading: 使徒行傳 Acts 27-28]
在猶太人的傳統中，家被稱為 mikdash ma’at，“小聖所”。將您的小聖所變成猶太空間更多的是您的家人在裡面做什麼（慶祝節日、歡迎客人、學習和教學），而不是它的外觀。安妮塔·迪亞曼特和凱倫·庫什納的《如何撫養一個猶太孩子》
讓我們的家成為一個 mikdash ma’at（一個“小聖所”）來歡迎客人，並向我們的孩子和來我們家的人教導上帝的話語。
Finally, after a rough journey, Paul arrived in Rome. Surprisingly, even as a prisoner, Paul had much freedom to live his life. Nevertheless, he did not spend time sightseeing in the city but made his house into a small church. We notice two things: first, he paid his own expenses for the ministry as a tentmaker (Acts 18:3) and “welcomed all who came to him.” Hospitality is one of the lost arts in our Christian faith. When we focus most of our activities inside the church building, we often forget, or have no time, to welcome people into our homes. Second, Paul preached, “proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance.” There has never been a more important time to preach and teach about the Kingdom of God than now, in our current culture.
In Jewish tradition, the home is called a mikdash ma’at, “little sanctuary.” Making your little sanctuary into a Jewish space is more a matter of what your family does inside it (celebrating holidays, welcoming guests, learning and teaching) than what it looks like. (How to Raise a Jewish Child by Anita Diamant and Karen Kushner)
Let our homes become a mikdash ma’at (a “little sanctuary”) to welcome guests and to teach God’s word to our children and to those who come to our home.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, Please help us turn our homes into a “little sanctuary” to shine forth your goodness and beauty to those who come to our homes. In Jesus’ name, Amen.