This is what I am reading at the moment.
Simon’s attitude to this woman exposes his heart. It’s always like that. ’Difficult’ people have a habit of exposing our hearts… Whenever we look down on someone for being smelly or disorganised or lazy or emotional or promiscuous or socially inept or bitter, then we’re like graceless Simon. And if we look down on people for not understanding grace, then we are like graceless Simon. If you’re thinking about how this applies to someone else, then you’re like Simon. Jesus says to us, ‘If you look down on others, you love little, because you understand so little of your sin and my grace.’
Tim Chester, on Luke 7 (from ‘A Meal With Jesus’)
Church leaders are family leaders and must prove their ability to manage their own households before they can manage the household of God. One of the requirements for elders is that they must be ‘hospitable’ (1 Timothy 3:2, Titus 1:8, see Romans 16:23). Consider that many requirements churches typically lay down for leaders (like a theology degree) are not required by Paul in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1. But what Paul does require is that they be hospitable. Perhaps this was because church meetings were family meals. How could you lead a meal-meeting if you weren’t hospitable? How could you extend the generous welcome of the gospel if you didn’t welcome people into your home?
– Tim Chester, ‘A Meal With Jesus’